After 40 years of service, Williamsburg Police Chief heads into retirement

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Front Row: Immediate Past President Chief Gary Roche (Pulaski); Third VP Chief Kelvin Wright (Chesapeake); President Chief Dave Sloggie (Williamsburg); First VP Chief Thierry Dupuis (Chesterfield County), Second VP Chief Chris Perkins (Roanoke). Back Row: At-Large Executive Board Members Chief DeWitt Cooper (Tazewell), Chief Doug Goodman (Ashland), Chief Howard Hall (Roanoke County), Chief Steve Sellers (Albemarle County) & Chief A.J. Panebianco (Middleburg). (Erin Schrad/VACP)
Chief David Sloggie is pictured in the front row center seat in this photo provided by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.
(Erin Schrad/VACP)

Mayor Paul Freiling announced the retirement of the Williamsburg Chief of Police David Sloggie in a City Council meeting Thursday afternoon.

The council unanimously passed a resolution honoring Sloggie’s four decades of public service solely spent in the Williamsburg Police Department.

Mayor Freiling cited the national accreditation of the Williamsburg police department as well as the department’s work on the many diplomatic and political visits over Sloggie’s tenure as a reason for the resolution.

Sloggie had previously announced to the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police his intentions to retire on Aug. 11, 2016, according to a letter published by the same association. He is set to retire on Jan. 1, 2017.

Sloggie expressed his gratitude to the city and to his wife Maureen at the brief ceremony.

“Police officers’ lives, their family lives it with them,” Sloggie said. “They live the life with us, and they don’t get the recognition that they should get. I’d like to publicly thank my wife Maureen who, if I blinked my eye, we were in the sandbox back when we were two and three years old.”

Under Sloggie’s tenure as top cop, the Williamsburg Police Department has seen a shift toward better policing, such as the recent budget allocation for the department to purchase body cameras, and the continued accreditation of the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.