It was announced this week that Roanoke City Chief of Police Tim Jones would retire early next year.
“I came here in 1981. We were still using carbon paper and Bic pens in those days,” says Jones.
You could say that being an officer of the law was in Jones’ blood.
“I’m third generation cop in my family. Two other police officers before me with RPD so there’s a lot of pride and I feel very fortunate to be the Chief of Police,” says Jones.
But becoming Chief of Police was something of a surprise.
“39 years ago, my aspirations were to become a police sergeant,” says Jones.
But Jones surpassed that goal, earning the position of Chief of Police and inheriting the challenges that come along with it.
“It takes a lot of energy and a lot of sacrifice. That sacrifice comes both personally and with family members,” says Jones.
It’s also a position that can draw criticism, as Jones himself experienced.
“Sometimes you’re best known for not being the name on someone’s invite list. That’s okay with me,” says Jones.
Jones says that criticism did not play into his decision to retire.
“I anticipated when I came in three years ago that I would not make everyone happy. You’ve got to recognize that. And you try to do the best that you can with the means that you have disposal,” says Jones.
He adds that he has no regrets.
“There’s always things maybe you think you might have done differently, but you can’t get locked in on hindsight. I think you have to take the good and the bad and use it for positive as you move forward,” says Jones.
Now, Jones is looking forward to retirement. A retirement that will include more time with family and perhaps more time at the beach, but certainly time spent here in the Roanoke Valley.
“I’ll be retired. I won’t be going away. Roanoke is home, the Roanoke Valley will remain home,” says Jones.
Jones will remain the Chief of Police until February 1, 2020.
“It’s been a great ride and I appreciate the city of Roanoke and what they have done and the support they have given and I appreciate the community and the business community of Roanoke for being so supportive of me even through those friction points,” says Jones.
Though it was not the position he initially envisioned for himself early in his career, Jones says he is proud to have served his officers and community as Chief of Police.