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Tyler Police Department Assistant Chief retires after 29 years

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The former assistant chief of the Tyler Police Department is spending Thursday night relaxing and planning her garden after her big retirement ceremony. 

Diannia Jackson celebrated her retirement with friends and family after 29 years of working for the police department. 

Jackson started as a Tyler police dispatcher back in 1984 and became a police officer just three years later. 

She is retiring as commander of the patrol division. Jackson says she loved her job and just feels like it's time to do something different. 

"I'm leaving, but I'm leaving because I know there's so much more for me to do in life. Everybody keeps telling me I'm too young to retire but there's so many other things that I want to do so this is just the perfect time for me," Jackson says. 

Jackson was presented with her retirement badge, a Tyler Police Department watch, and a plaque thanking her for her service, which was presented by Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham.

Jackson says she plans to garden and drive her family's tractor in her newly acquired free time.

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