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Tyler Assistant Police Chief Diannia Jackson retires after 29 years

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TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Assistant Police Chief Diannia Jackson is hanging up her hat after 29 years with the department.

She was the first African American Lieutenant in the Tyler Police department, before becoming the first African American assistant chief.

"Thank you for a job well done and we mean that, thank you so much," said Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham was just one of many who thanked Tyler Assistant Police Chief Diannia Jackson for her nearly three decades of service.

"In a man dominated job, to breakthrough as a woman, is really special," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle.

In 1984, Assistant Chief Jackson started with the Tyler police department as a dispatcher, before deciding she wanted to move from behind the desk.

"The first day I was green. I might as well been 16 walking in the door with the knowledge I had, but they taught me so much," said Asst. Chief Jackson.

Assistant Chief Jackson held many roles with the Tyler police department before becoming assistant chief in 2009.

"Everyone who works here, I know them and I know they're a good group of people and I'm going to really, truly miss them," said Jackson.

One of the people who will miss her the most is Chief Gary Swindle. They worked together from the very beginning.

"When she was dispatcher, a lot of times dispatchers are life lines for the police officers. And that's exactly what we were and that relationship continued throughout our whole career," said Chief Swindle.

As her career comes to an end, the people she worked with, remember her kind spirit and her strong faith.

 "God has so much more for me to do and I'm just ready to go out there and enjoy life," said Jackson.

 

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