Eddie Lindsey thought he was going to a budget meeting, because that’s where his boss, Glasgow Police Department Chief Guy Turcotte, told Lindsey to be.
Turcotte even had a prop – a large manila envelope with “Budget Review Info 2014” written in large letters.
But as Lindsey looked around Wednesday after entering the Glasgow City Council chambers at City Hall and saw nearly a dozen other officers, members of the media and a few other city officials, he got the idea and said, “My wife’s going to kill you.”
Lindsey was thinking that his wife, Tammy, would be upset if she wasn’t there. But she had been informed by Turcotte nearly a week ago that Lindsey was being promoted from captain to major, so she didn’t miss a thing – she was on the front row with other family members.
Turcotte said Lindsey served as a deputy with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department from 1990 to 2001, with six of those years as chief deputy. From there, he was chief of the Brownsville Police Department until 2003, when he joined GPD.
Turcotte said Lindsey had been “a positive and versatile asset” to the force and named more than two dozen trainings the new major has completed.
“Eddie has been a major link we needed in our department,” the chief said, adding that he is objective, fair and reasonable and possesses excellent communication skills.
Lindsey’s wife pinned on a new badge, and his father, Arless, applied the oak leaf pins on the lapels of his son’s uniform.
“I love you and I’m proud of you,” his father said.
Also in attendance were Eddie Lindsey’s three sons, Logan, Kyle and Brandon; two daughters-in-law, Kisha and Jessica; and a grandson, Waylon, not quite 2 weeks old.
Lindsey became a detective at GPD in 2007 and was promoted to patrol captain in 2012. Since February 2012, he was also serving as interim lieutenant colonel in the absence of one the two officers with that rank who were serving as assistant chiefs over separate areas of the department.
It recently was learned that a lieutenant colonel who had been on administrative leave for nearly a year, David Graves, is retiring.
Turcotte said after the ceremony he has decided not to have a second lieutenant colonel going forward. Now, Turcotte, Lt. Col. James Duff and Lindsey are the GPD command staff.
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