On Sunday December 3, 2017 Family, Friends and Members of the Law Enforcement Community gathered to celebrate Johnson Ritchie’s ninetieth birthday, which actually happens to be today.
Johnson Ritchie was Chief of the Taylorsville Police Department from 1971 to 1993 when he retired from Law Enforcement. Prior to his time at the Taylorsville Police Department he worked as a Deputy Sheriff under Ted Little. There were numerous officers who served under Chief Ritchie in attendance.
Pictured with Chief Ritchie are Lieutenant Kermit Sipe 1969-1994, Chief Tony Jones 1988-2014, Chief Deputy Tod Jones 1988-1990, Chief Dennis James 1991 to present and Officer Gordon Knight 1986 to present. Many remarks were made about the successful careers officers have had after getting their start during Chief Ritchie’s tenure. Sheriff Chris Bowman remarked how much the relationship between the Sheriff’s office and the Police Department improved during the Johnson Ritchie era. The most common theme was Chief Ritchie’s work ethic. His willingness to work hard all his life is likely the key to his longevity and respect in the community.