LOGAN, W.Va. — A longtime peace officer and former chief of the Logan Police Department has officially retired. Sgt. Dave White of the Logan Police Department has had a long and storied career in Law Enforcement and he is finally stepping down. White had worked in law enforcement down south before accepting a position with the Logan PD in the early 90s.
During his tenure with the department he has done everything from repairing parking meters, to handling high risk assignments and criminal investigations to being a police chief. He was surrounded by friends and loved ones on Tuesday night at Logan City Hall where the announcement was made by Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti, who recalled his long association and friendship with White.
“Dave has been with us since 1992,” an emotional Nolletti said. “He has done a lot for people, he has put up with a lot and he has always been there for us and the city.”
Nolletti noted that he still worked in his family bakery when he met White and became impressed with him.
“I think Tom (Esposito, who was present) was the mayor who hired you back in ‘92,” Nolletti noted, adding that he was proud of the job White had done for the people of Logan and for his long years of service to the community as well as his friendship.
“We have had some good times together and we have experienced some major events,” Nolletti said, discussing such parts of city history such as the massive Aracoma hotel fire. “We have experienced our ups and downs, and people will definitely be missing you… We are family.”
White was presented with a massive framed mirror commemorating his many years of service to the city of Logan with the image of a key engraved upon it.
“Dave does not get a little key,” one bystander quipped.
White was emotional and more than a little choked up as he addressed the people gathered around him at city hall.
“It really means a lot,” he emphasized. “You spend a lot of time with people, people you work with. People you serve. You do not do this job for the money. Many of you here know that. You do it because you love your town.”
White said he had seen a lot of people come and go in his decades of service with the Logan PD.
“I am looking forward to my next adventure, but I am here for you if you need anything,” he added.
Current Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said that with White’s departure there are now two openings at his agency and that Civil Service testing will take place next month to find good applicants.
“We had 30 applications,” Chief Harper said noting that unlike previous years this time around there is a wide variety of applicants. “This is not the usual 18 to 23-year-old young men,” he said, noting that some were coal miners in their 30s with a wide variety of job skills and that some even had law enforcement experience.
“We have a new test…The old one was over 20 years old,” he added noting the tests will take place on August 9 and 11.
Harper said his agency had been experimenting with body mounted cameras for officers. The Logan PD had purchased two low cost units in order to field test the concept. He said that an incident over the weekend had proven the worth of the idea after one of his officers had an unexpected run in with the public.
“He kept his cool and was calm and professional,” Harper said, noting that the camera had proven to be worth far more than its financial outlay considering it could have saved the city from a potential lawsuit. “Everybody on duty should have one of these,” he said. “You really need to see what goes on and what a law enforcement officer sometimes has to go through. Without this camera it would have been one person’s word against our officer and both accounts were 100 percent different. Our guy was in the right and that camera may have saved us the cost of a lawsuit.”