By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
After 28 years in law enforcement — 18 of which he spent as Fulton’s chief of police — Ray Barrett is retiring.
“I’m going to do a lot of traveling and fishing and hunting. I’ll devote a lot of time to the American Legion,” he admitted, leaning back in his chair. “I just want to do some fun things while I’m still young enough to do them.”
A U.S. Marine Corps vet, Barrett started his career in law enforcement as a Fulton police officer in 1982. After leaving in 1985 to join the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, Barrett returned to the FPD as chief in 1992, a position he will fill until January.
He seems satisfied with the time he’s put in.
“I like to look back over my career and think I’ve helped somebody,” Barrett said. “That’s why I started in the first place; it just seemed like a good opportunity to help people.”
As a veteran, he said he loved the excitement of law enforcement.