Archdale police chief retires
Archdale Police Department Chief Darrell Gibbs soon will hang up his hat and ride into the sunset.
Gibbs, 55, who has been with the department for 29 years and 10 months, will retire Friday. At a reception last Thursday, the city presented him with his badge and service weapon.
“It is a bittersweet moment for all us. Darrell has a long tenure here and has served the city and its citizens with integrity and class. He will be severely missed, and I wish him well,” said City Manager Jerry Yarborough
Gibbs will spend his retirement at his house in Lake Tillery, and he may pick up some part-time work. His mother, whose health is poor, will live with him, he said.
“I just want to venture out and do some other things. We bought a house down at the lake, and we are going to move down that way and hang out by the lake for awhile,” Gibbs said. “This journey has been eventful. I enjoy the job, and I enjoy working with people. That is what has kept me here so long. We have a great city and a great bunch of people to work with.”
One of his most memorable moment was being sworn into service.
“The best moment was when I was actually got into law enforcement and was sworn in,” Gibbs said. “It was a dream job for me, and I never thought I would ever achieve that goal, and I did. I always dreamed about being an officer when I grew up. I never thought I would, but I did. Another moment was when I got the chief’s position. That is another dream job that a lot of people aspire for and never achieve, but I did. It was a long road, but I got there, and I’m real proud of that.”
The department has had a good experience with Gibbs, and members are sad to see him go, said Captain Shannon Craddock.
“He has allowed the police department to grow in spirit with friendliness and treating people equal,” Craddock said. “His title never changed who he was as a person. He is fair, consistent and loyal to this city.”
Gibbs has appreciated the opportunity to serve the city.
“Its not always been a job to me. These people are like family to me. I think a lot of the people here have been real good to me, and we all work together real well,” Gibbs said. “The morale is really good here, and that means a lot to me. It is a place you don’t dread coming to work, but you enjoy coming to work.”
Gibbs’ replacement has yet to be named.
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