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To the City of Clarksburg:
After 30 years of service at the Clarksburg Police Department I proudly announce my retirement.
First and foremost I would like to thank my wife, family and friends for allowing me to follow my childhood dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. These caring individuals have made great sacrifices in their lives for me to be an officer of the law. I would like express my appreciation to City Manager, Martin Howe for having the confidence to select me as the first African American Chief of Police of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and allowing me to serve as the Department’s 29th Chief.
My dreams became a reality when I was hired by former Clarksburg City Manager Dan Borroff and former Clarksburg Police Chief Tom Durrett in 1989. I thank both of these men for giving me the opportunity and believing in me.
Secondly, I would like to commend the men and women of the Clarksburg Police Department for your dedication and service to the Clarksburg Community. I understand the sacrifices each and every one of you make daily on behalf of Clarksburg. As your Chief, I earnestly express my appreciation to each and every one of you for your immeasurable dedication and diligence to your duties, your Department, your fellow officers, and your City. As officers you all have excelled in duties and responsibilities, you have shown the utmost character in taxing situations, and your respect and responsibilities to the community have bestowed great credit upon you and the Clarksburg Police Department.
Again, I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the officers of the Clarksburg Police Department. I hope that you continue to display enthusiasm and professionalism in your duties as an officer with the Clarksburg Police Department.
To all of the civilian staff, current and former, I thank you. Without your dedication and knowledge to the Department, the Clarksburg Police Department would not be able to run as smoothly and efficiently as it does. To each and every dispatcher, who watched over me answering calls, thank you. To all judges and prosecutors I have worked with over my many years, it was an honor and privilege to work with you.
To anyone who aspires to work for the Clarksburg Police Department or any Law Enforcement agency my advice to you is this; you chose this profession for everyone but you. Do not chose to be an officer for yourself, or you won’t make it. With this profession comes great sacrifice for you and your families. Every single minute you wear your uniform you are here to serve.
Thank you to the City of Clarksburg for entrusting me for all these years and the opportunities you have allowed. I am hopeful for the future of the Department, and look forward to my retirement where I will now spend my time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, and enjoying my boat.
Clarksburg Chief of Police