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Veteran Covington Police Employees Retire


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Veteran Covington Police Department Employees Retire

Capt. Jack West Beverly Baham


    Chief Tim Lentz and Mayor Mike Cooper announce the retirement of two longtime Covington Police Department employees this month. Captain Jack West retired January 1st of this year following 30 years of service and Evidence Officer Beverly Baham will be retiring January 15th, following over 28 years of service.


    Capt. West was hired as a police officer in January of 1984. During his tenure at the Covington Police Department, Capt. West has served the community in many different roles. He became involved in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) programs early on in his career, often teaching classes on his own time. Capt. West has served as the training coordinator, public information officer, and as an instructor in many different fields. He was also named interim Chief of Police twice. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and served his Country as a veteran of the Vietnam War.


    Beverly Baham began her career with the Covington Police Department in December of 1985, serving in the maintenance and crossing guard divisions. She later worked in the communications division for several years until taking over as the Evidence Officer. During her career, Officer Baham has been involved in several community oriented programs, including the Covington Police Department Recreation Association (sponsors of Toys for Tots program), Magnolia Peace Officers' Association (sponsors several youth programs) and the Covington Police Department Reserve Division.


    Mayor Cooper and Chief Lentz jointly state, "Captain West has dedicated much of his life to the citizens of this City, his Country, and to the men and women of this Police Department. We congratulate him on his retirement and wish him the best of luck as he enjoys his much deserved time off. Officer Baham has been an integral part of the Covington Police Department for many years. She has served the community on several levels within the Department and touched the lives of countless people during her career."



    Chief Lentz and Mayor Cooper would also like to invite members of the community to the Bogue Falaya Hall at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N Jefferson St, this Friday, January 10th at 10:30 am to give their best wishes to Capt. West and Officer Baham.