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Georgia Military College Chief of Police Retires after 34+ Years of Service

Georgia Military College Chief of Police Retires after 34+ Years of Service

On Monday, November 28, 2022, Georgia Military College had the privilege of honoring Chief James Hodnett as he retired from his long-time position as Georgia Military College Chief of Police. Chief Hodnett has served and protected the students, faculty, and staff of GMC for 34+ years. He has shown tremendous dedication to providing a safe environment for the education of GMC students through many challenges and societal adjustments. Through it all, he has committed himself to the ideal of serving others and living out the principles GMC holds dear – “Duty, Honor, Country” and “Character Above All.”

Chief Hodnett entered the GMC family before he was ever employed at Georgia Military College. He arrived at GMC as a student in 1985 and was a member of the 107th Corps of Cadets. After graduating from Georgia Military College, he went on to serve the Milledgeville Police Department, the Georgia Army National Guard, and the Georgia Department of Corrections before returning to serve and protect the GMC family.

“On behalf of the entire GMC Board of Trustees, I want to express appreciation to Chief Hodnett for the years of service to the GMC campus,” said Chairman of the GMC Board of Trustees, George Hogan. “Chief Hodnett showed daily leadership and provided a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff to develop as leaders. Serving as a law enforcement officer is a bold and vital calling, and we are grateful he chose to fulfill his calling at his alma mater. We are grateful for his commitment to caring for the GMC family during regular school day activities, special events, ceremonies, athletic contests, and day-to-day safety needs. He has always been ready to respond when called upon and has carried the title of GMC Chief of Police with pride. We wish him the best in this next season of life and extend our deepest appreciation for all he has done to represent the law enforcement community on our campus.”

Many gathered to celebrate with Chief Hodnett during a special ceremony that honored him for his dedication to GMC. Happy retirement, Chief!