Former Fayette police chief, Ralph Olive, passes away

Pictured is Ralph Olive when he was police chief of Fayette.

Former Fayette police chief Ralph Crawford Olive Sr. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at the age of 77. Olive was born in Berry on Sept. 24, 1940, and graduated from Berry High School in 1958. His career with the Fayette Police Department began in 1965, and Olive served as the Fayette police chief from Oct. 1972 until his retirement in Dec. 1994. Current Fayette police chief Danny Jenkins said that Olive was a big influence on his life. “He gave me my start in law enforcement,” Jenkins said. “He hired me in 1988 and taught me so much about not only law enforcement, but also about how to deal with people and treat people. “He taught me that being a good law enforcement officer was more than just patroling the streets and locking people up. It is also trying to help people when they need a helping hand and trying to treat people with respect and dignity.”


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