photo by: Shelley Hanson
McMECHEN — The McMechen Police Department and community said farewell to its retiring chief, Don DeWitt, on his last day of work on Friday.
DeWitt announced recently that he was retiring to spend more time with his family and that he planned to work a part-time security job in Wheeling.
He is being replaced by Robert Schilling of Moundsville who had already been working at the department part-time.
A message wishing DeWitt luck in his retirement was posted Friday on the department’s social media page:
“Today we say congratulations and good luck to our Police Chief Don DeWitt. He put his heart and soul into protecting and serving the McMechen community.
“He has earned a well-deserved time off to spend with his family and friends. Good Luck in your new adventure and thank you for serving this community with pride and respect.”
Other congratulations were posted around the village, too. A bright yellow handmade sign hanging on the chainlink fence at McMechen Elementary Schools stated, “Thank you, Chief. We will miss you.”
Another sandwich board-style sign along a sidewalk stated, “Best of luck to the best of chiefs.”
Photos of these sentiments were also posted on the department’s social media page.
DeWitt, who has nearly 25 years of service in law enforcement, spent the past 4½ years as McMechen’s chief of police.
The department is looking to hire more full-time and part-time officers.