The police chief of Bartonville, Corry Blount, is resigning this week.
Blount, who has been with the town since early 2015, has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the city of Lake Worth. His resignation is effective on Wednesday.
Blount said Monday that he’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as Bartonville’s police chief for the last two-and-a-half years, and for the relationships he’s made with council, staff and residents.
“It ‘s been a great experience and I’ll miss the people here,” he said. “I know why I was here and I feel like I learned a lot.”
Blount said that since he took the helm, he and his team helped the department grow; not in personnel, but in, “the way we went about business. [Bartonville] is as well-equipped as any large agency.”
Bartonville will have to remember that– while it is a safe, small town– it is surrounded by more than 100,000 people in the immediate area, Blount said.
“You have to account for visitors and you can’t get fooled into a false sense of security,” he said. “Most of our visitors are here to do good things … but it’s important to be mindful.”
The Bartonville Town Council will be discussing its plans for a new chief at its next meeting on Sept. 19. In the interim, Sgt. Robert Dowell will serve as chief.
Blount said Bartonville is “in good hands” with Dowell.
“Bobby is a stand-up, solid guy,” Blount said. “Everything we accomplished while I was chief, we couldn’t have [done] without him. Every department would be glad to have a guy like him.”