JOB WELL DONE, CHIEF! Hodnett retires from GMC after 34 years


Compiled by the GMC Office of Communications

He's been one of the most familiar faces around Georgia Military College's campus for more than three decades now. 

Now, James Hodnett, GMC's longtime chief of campus police, is calling it a day and retiring after 34 years. For GMC students and faculty, Hodnett is "Chief." For locals who commute past GMC at different times of the day, Hodnett is more likely "that one guy who's always directing traffic around GMC."

Needless to say, Hodnett received plenty of love earlier this week during a retirement ceremony at the school, where GMC Board of Trustees Chairman George Hogan wished him the "best in this next season of life and extend our deepest appreciation for all he has done to represent the law enforcement community on our campus.”

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“Chief Hodnett showed daily leadership and provided a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff to develop as leaders. Serving as a law enforcement officer is a bold and vital calling, and we are grateful he chose to fulfill his calling at his alma mater. We are grateful for his commitment to caring for the GMC family during regular school day activities, special events, ceremonies, athletic contests, and day-to-day safety needs. He has always been ready to respond when called upon and has carried the title of GMC Chief of Police with pride," Hogan added.

Hodnett actually first arrived to GMC as a student and a member of the corp of cadets. After graduating from GMC, he worked at the Milledgeville Police Department and the Department of Corrections before coming back to 201 Greene Street as a campus police officer. 

"He has shown tremendous dedication to providing a safe environment for the education of GMC students through many challenges and societal adjustments. Through it all, he has committed himself to the ideal of serving others and living out the principles GMC holds dear – “Duty, Honor, Country” and “Character Above All'” the school wrote in a press release.|


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