Cooleemee thanks police chief

Published 9:34 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

On Sunday, Sept. 2, Police Chief Bobby West was honored with a gathering at the Cooleemee/Mocksville VFW to say thank you for his 11 years of service.  His last day was Sept. 3.

Hugs, hand shakes and thoughts of appreciation were delivered. West got teary eyed when his neighbor talked about how he looked after him regularly and how much he appreciated his fine work and praised him for being such a good neighbor.

Commissioner Andy Reavis presented West with a plaque from residents of the town.

West is to be commended for seeking out ways to better his department while saving money, getting grants, receiving donations or selling calendars each year to raise money.

During his 10 years, the crime rate was reduced by 80 percent.

West said retiring was bittersweet and he was going to miss seeing the “folks.”

West thanked all the people, agencies and others who helped make the department what it is today.   He has always said the town is a diamond in the rough and he still believes that.

“The least of those who can give, give the most. They always stepped up to the plate.”

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