JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Jasonville Police Chief Jim Gadberry said one of the proudest moments of his life was when he was sworn in as a Jasonville Police Officer.
Now, after nearly 22 years, he is saying goodbye.
Chief Gadberry posted a heartfelt message to the Jasonville PD Facebook Page Thursday announcing his retirement.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve and protect the community where I was born and raised,” he said. “I first want to thank God for guiding and protecting me throughout those years and then thank you, my community for trusting me to protect your families, your homes and your businesses.”
Gadberry said he started out his career passing out candy to children while on patrol. He noted the intent was not to teach kids to take candy from strangers, but to encourage them to approach uniformed officers in marked patrol cars.
“I’m proud to say that following that concept, and our involvement with school and community events, National Night Out, Homecomings, festivals, JPD is the kid friendly department that I envisioned, he said.