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Police headquarters dedicated to former chief
Speakers included (left to right) former councilman Bill Rogers, Chief Gene Wilson, Councilman Cleveland Stroud, City Manager Tony Lucas, former deputy Bobby Davis, former officer Butch Davies, Councilman Vince Evans, Councilman Chris Bowen, former chief Roland Vaughn and Jack Simpson. - photo by Submitted Photo

Conyers Police dedicated their headquarters building to the late Police Chief O.T. Adams in a quiet ceremony Tuesday with family and officials.

Olly Thomas (O.T.) Adams, Jr., joined the Conyers Volunteer Fire Department in 1942. In 1955, O.T. Adams was asked to join the Conyers Police Department and he served with three other officers at that time and a city population of 3,200 residents. He rose to the rank of chief in 1958 and served the Conyers Police Department until his retirement in 1982. Adams returned to work part-time and volunteer for the city from 1986-2000. He passed away on June 13, 2011.

"We are very please and we know daddy would be as proud as he could be to have his n ame on the building," Adams' son, Bobby, said following the ceremony.

City Councilman Cleveland Stroud, who chairs the public safety committee, said on Wednesday, ""He was really a pioneer and a historic figure here. It was such a great honor for this building to be named after someone who meant so much to the city for so long. He kept working even after he retired."