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Administrator to leave police force

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Linda Jones, left, Rocky Mount Police Department support services division manager, shares a laugh with Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore on Friday while chatting with him in his office at the police department.

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By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Staff Writer

Monday, June 19, 2017

One of Rocky Mount’s finest is about to hang up her badge.

Linda Jones, Rocky Mount Police Department support services division manager, recently announced she will retire at the end of this month. Jones said she started considering retirement a year ago, adding she doesn’t regret her decision.

“Once the decision to retire is made, you always second-guess yourself, but I’m past that stage,” Jones said. “It is bittersweet, though. The people in this department have been my family for almost 31 years. I’ve enjoyed my time with the city, and I have so many great memories.”

Jones said her post-retirement plans include possible volunteer work with My Sister’s House, on whose board she has served for many years. She laughed when asked about helping the police department, saying “it’s always possible.” She added her plans also include visiting family in Canada and helping care for her mother.

Jones’ rich career at the Rocky Mount Police Department started Sept. 2, 1986, when she was hired as a victim assistant counselor. She worked under a grant for two years before finally becoming a full-time member of the police department on July 1, 1988. She kept moving up from there until eventually being promoted to administrative services manager in April, 2011. Her title was changed to its current wording when Chief James Moore took the department’s helm.

Moore praised Jones’ commitment and contributions to the department and thanked her for her work.

“Linda Jones was an excellent executive staff member during my tenure at the police department,” Moore said. “She embodies the highest standards of integrity, trustworthiness and dependability. She is highly respected among her peers, and her wisdom and professionalism has led the Support Services Division with fiscal accountability, efficiency and professionalism. She undoubtedly put Rocky Mount in a better position than what it was in when she arrived 30 years ago. She has provided nearly three decades of outstanding service to the residents of Rocky Mount and the police department employees. I cannot thank her enough for her dedication to me, the police department and every person receiving police services. On behalf of the city of Rocky Mount, I wish her the best as she embarks on the next step on her journey.”

Jones has not kept her retirement a secret, adding she has been moved by her co-workers’ reactions to the announcement.

“Some of them have been very gracious while others have been envious,” Jones said with a laugh. “It’s very humbling to hear so many kind words.”

Jones stressed if she could leave her co-workers with one message, it would be to remember why they do their jobs.

“It’s about service to others and relationships with the community,” Jones said.

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