Happy Trails! Dallas Says Farewell to Chief Brown and DPA Prez Pinkston

DALLAS -- Dallas Police Chief David Brown spent 33 years on the force, but as a hometown kid, the city means a lot more to him than that.

"They took an inner city kid like me with flaws and made me their police chief," he said recently.

Now that Oak Cliff kid, a graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, is calling it a career, marking Tuesday as his last day on the job.

So our question at NewsFix is, "What would you to Chief Brown on his last day?"

"For him to come from the bottom and be able to work his way up to the top is an example for anybody to know that you can come from that neighborhood and be able to make it in life," said Dallas resident Ariel Richardson.

"I know you've dedicated your life for our city and our protection, and I just want to say 'thank you,'" added resident Lauren Lockemeyer.

Another Dallasite, Tina Casso, added, "I'd like to say thank you for his service. He's done an incredible job and at such a difficult time."

Of course, in 33 years on the force, the last 6+ as chief, you can't please everyone.

"I would just say, 'Why would you be retiring, making your last day around such a significant amount of stuff going on with the Police and people talking oppression and stuff,'" said Dallas resident Korey Reed. "It's not a good time to retire if you care about your job and your city."

Coincidentally, one of Chief Brown's biggest critics, Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston, also called it quits Tuesday. With 63 years of experience between them, we won't miss them butting heads, but we will miss their tenure in the Big D.

We don't know about their plans for the future, but how about ours?

"It's just my prayer that they continue to be a force that, I believe Police is a calling," Richardson said. "So just continue in the direction they're going.”