LOGAN, W.Va. — In honor of his recent retirement from law enforcement, City of Logan Police Sergeant David A. White has been selected as The Logan Banner’s July 2016 Officer of the Month.
White retired July 13, 2016, from the Logan Police Department with 30 years of service — 24 of which was with Logan — in law enforcement.
White, a graduate of Sharples High School, says he began his career in law enforcement while living in Florida.
“I had a police officer come in to the store where I was working and asked me if I was interested in it,” White said. “I thought about after the conversation and thought it might be a pretty good job to get into.”
White said he looked up the police officer who aided him in filing out paper work, applying for jobs and getting him into a police training academy.
A native of Logan County, White said he moved back home where he began working for the Chapmanville Police Department.
“I worked for them for three and one-half years,” White said. “I came to Logan in ’92 and I’ve been here ever since.”
White says he has enjoyed his career as a law enforcement officer.
“I have enjoyed it… the people that you work with and the people that you meet. There are some good people out here. We don’t deal with all bad people and not all people we deal with are bad, they just make bad decisions sometimes. Unfortunately, we have to be the people who correct them or become involved in whatever problem they are having.”
White said sometimes police officers get an undeserved reputation.
“Sometimes we get an unfair shake… they say that police officers are the bad guys,” White said. “Believe me, we don’t want to be at someone’s house on a domestic, but somebody’s got to be. But we know that going in. They tell us that you are not going to get invited to someone’s birthday party unless a fight breaks out.”
White said he is not entirely retiring from work.
“I’m going to take a brief period off, but I don’t think I’m ready for sitting on the porch,” White said. “It’s time for a change.”
City of Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti praised White for his service to the city.
“Sgt. White has been loyal in his 24 years of service to the city of Logan through several mayors and councils,” Nolletti said. “He’s going to be really hard to replace. We’re going to miss him.”
Martha Sparks can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks