Community members sent their best wishes and congratulations to Police Chief Wayne Dennard, who retired last month after a 20-year career with the Acworth Police Department (APD), at a celebration April 12 at the Acworth Community Center. A number of guests, including members of Dennard’s staff, Mayor Tommy Allegood and city aldermen, paid tribute to and shared some amusing stories about the chief during the event. Dennard also received a number of gifts, including his service weapon, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, a plaque and a wooden cross filled with melted-down APD badges. He also learned the APD police station had been named the Chief G. Wayne Dennard Jr. Police Department Headquarters. Dennard addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for “all the kind words and funny stories” and said any success he had as chief was because “God put me in the right place at the right time.” He ended his signoff by turning over the department to his successor, Chief Jesse Evans.