A retirement celebration was held Wednesday afternoon for West Virginia University Police Chief Bob Roberts.
Friends and Colleagues gathered at the Erickson Alumni Center to honor Chief Bob Roberts for his 33 years of service at West Virginia University.
Roberts joined the department on March 15, 1985 and was named the first official police chief on January 1, 1990.
“So it’s going to be a lot different for me. I’m going to miss a lot of the people, some of the action, and some of the things we do obviously. But it’s a new challenge, and I hope to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy it,” said Roberts.
Roberts says his family was a key part of his success through the years. His wife presented him with his official retirement pin, and his children gave remarks at the ceremony.
Major William Chedester, a 16-year veteran of the department, is succeeding Roberts as chief.
“He’s been my mentor, my coach, my friend, like a father, so it’s actually kind of a bit of an emotional day for me to be taking his place,” said Chedester.
This year, the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators recognized Roberts as the Chief of the Year.
“Bob has been a rock for the university and has kept us safe and kept us protected. He’s educated the students, and he has been a part of the bigger community that’s made sure that those that come on campus, whether it’s to athletic events, or to the Mountainlair for other events. He’s kept us safe,” said Corey Farris, Dean of Students at WVU.
Roberts says he has been working since he was 16 years old, and is not sure what it will be like to step out of the uniform.
“Honestly, I don’t really have any great plans. I think I am going to let life come to me. So we’ll see what happens,” said Roberts.