Long-time Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering announced his retirement Friday, stating an official date of the retirement will be forthcoming.
Doering has served as Glynn County’s Chief of Police for 13 years and has been with the Glynn County Police Department for some 30 years.
“After 33 ½ years of enjoyable service to our community with the county police, and three years in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, I have decided to retire this year,” Doering said in a statement via email. “When I decide on a final date, I will let you know.”
“Allow me to express my heartfelt thank you for allowing me the honor to serve the department and our community,” Doering said. “It has been a joyous experience. I love police work, our community and working with people and plan to continue to serve our community as best I can.”
Doering started as a police officer with Glynn County in May of 1984. He began his tenure as chief in Dec. of 2003, earning $68,000 annually. Doering's present salary is $107,794.
Doering commands a department of 116 sworn police officers. The department includes 81 patrol officers who serve in 10 zones, covering unincorporated Glynn County’s 400 square miles. The department's operating budget for the present fiscal year is $10 million. The department is responsible for policing the entire county, except for Jekyll Island and the city of Brunswick’s 19 square miles.
Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones said Friday morning that Doering will be missed. Doering instituted the county’s Violent Crime Task Force, which brings county and city police and the sheriff’s office together to meet weekly and share information on crimes that affect the entire community, Jones said.
“When I first made chief (in 2015), Chief Doering welcomed me with open arms,” Jones said. “I think the working relationship with city and county law enforcement has improved over the last few years and that’s directly related to him.”
Doering also has been a strong proponent of community policing efforts that promote greater trust and cooperation between law enforcement and the citizens they serve," Jones said.
Last year, Doering instituted Police and Citizens Together, or PACT. The initiative consists of monthly meetings in various locations throughout the county, during which residents of the area meet with the county’s top law enforcement officials to discuss police calls in the area and to review crime prevention tips. More than 100 citizens attended the most recent PACT meeting Aug. 1 at St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island.
“He’s a leader in the community,” Jones said of Doering. “He doesn’t just have the county in mind, but also has the city in mind when it comes to solving crimes and building better relationships through community policing.”
Doering indicated that he will not be taking it easy once his retirement from the Glynn County Police Department.
“I am not going to stop working,” Doering said, via text.
Glynn County Manager Alan Ours, Doering’s direct supervisor, credited the chief with creating an effective police department with strong leadership in administrative positions. Ours said the chief who succeeds Doering will step into a good situation as a result.
“Chief Doering has had an exceptional career with Glynn County and has provided excellent leadership during a period of sustained growth,” Ours said Friday morning in a prepared statement.
“He is well-respected by our citizens and our business community,” Ours continued. “The County has an outstanding team of police officers and administrative professionals who will continue to keep our citizens safe and promote a safe community. I offer my congratulations to Chief Doering on a successful career and I wish him well in his retirement.”
Glynn County commissioners voted last month to spend $70,000 on an audit of the police department. The audit is expected to begin this fall.