Mike Reynolds, police chief for Poarch Band of Creek Indians, passes away after suffering heart attack, tribe says

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 5:50 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:15 PM CST
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UPDATE: Arrangements for Mike Reynolds, police chief for Poarch Band of Creek Indians, have been announced. Viewing will be Monday, Jan. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 8691 Old Pascagoula Rd., in Theodore, where the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 24.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

ATMORE, Ala. (WALA) - Mike Reynolds, chief of police for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, passed away unexpectedly today after suffering a heart attack, Tribal Chair and CEO Stephanie Bryan announced.

Reynolds became the tribe’s police chief in 2016 and he brought his commitment to community-oriented law enforcement to our own Poarch community, Bryan said.

Reynolds served in law enforcement for more than 35 years. He began his career as a military policeman in the U.S. Army and later went to work for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department. He also served police chief for the city of Chickasaw, according to Bryan

“Above all, Mike was a policeman through and through, and on learning of his passing, members of law enforcement from Mobile and Baldwin Counties came together to escort his remains from the hospital to a funeral home in Mobile County, Bryan said in a statement.

“Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Mike’s family and his many law enforcement colleagues. Details will be shared regarding Mike’s funeral arrangements once they are provided,” she said.

Citronelle Police Chief Chris McLean took over when Reynolds left Chickasaw. McLean says the two met while working at the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. They’ve been friends for about 20 years.

McLean said, “I really wasn’t quite sure I wanted to take the job. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it so I had a meeting with Mike and we set down and he convinced me, that this was the path that I needed to take.”

McLean said nearly everyone in law enforcement wanted to work for Reynolds.

“Mike was a leader that you knew was going to take care of you, that you knew was going to make the right decisions for the right reasons and everything done was for the betterment of the community and for his officers.,” said McLean.

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