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Sergeant Spence Says He’s Leaving the Carmi Police Department

A fan favorite Carmi Police officer is planning to hang up his uniform.  Sergeant Brad Spence formally announced on his social media Wednesday evening that he had mixed emotions about leaving the force.  He’ll be resigning he says in mid June.  Spence says, “it’s sad to walk away from something I worked extremely hard to get…from a great leader and department.”  Spence says he’s going to work in the Parks Department.  Chief Jason Carter says Spence will be sorely missed by himself, the department, and citizens.  Officials with police and sheriff’s offices say new legislation passed this year will decimate law enforcement and is causing many working in the profession to rethink their choices.  Former Sheriff Doug Maier said it was a factor in why he decided to retire when he did.  Agencies across the area and state are struggling to find new recruits as well.


  1. Dena Applewhite
    Dena Applewhite
    May 27, 2021 at 10:53 am

    We will miss one fine officer, Thank You for your service Brad Spence

  2. Sharon Pollard
    Sharon Pollard
    May 27, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Brad for your service to this community. I’m afraid this is just the beginning.

  3. Sue Flanagan
    Sue Flanagan
    May 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for your service, even if you didn’t set the racoon out of the

  4. Candance Drone
    Candance Drone
    May 27, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Best wishes for you and your family on your new endeavors. I am sure you will be very successful where ever life leads you

  5. Polly Murdach
    Polly Murdach
    May 27, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    It is very sad to see what’s happening to policemen and policewoman these days. I pray for these that are staying and hoping things get better in the near future for all our police officers. Thank you all for your service.

  6. Sandra Hogue
    Sandra Hogue
    May 28, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Thank you for your Services
    and knowing where to find
    the home girls’ … Lol
    You have done white county well.
    You will be missed Spence

  7. Barbara Barton
    Barbara Barton
    May 28, 2021 at 6:46 am

    This man will sorely be missed. He has been a compassionate and caring officer. The community will definitely miss him. Best wishes on your future endeavors.

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