Loyal Member Of Police Department Retires

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 29, 2005

Naomi Roberts has been much more than an assistant to four Charlottesville police chiefs over the last 33 years.

Police Chief Tim Longo said, "She has been my right arm since I came here in 2001 and I think she has been the right arm of every police chief she has served since she started in 1972."

Ms. Roberts, as she is know to all, spent her last day at the police department saying goodbye to all of the officers she has sworn to protect all these years.

"I didn't think this day would ever come. I thought I'd pass on before Naomi would retire," said former police chief Deke Bowen.

"She is truly an extraordinary woman in a an ordinary world," said former police chief Buddy Rittenhouse.

Ms. Roberts is close to 70 and she is retiring to spend more time with her other family.

"I've been here for so long, it's family. I just feel that part of my life has been them and I am really going to miss the guys," said Ms. Roberts.

They too will miss her. "I'm going to be lost without her at least the first few days," said Longo

Ms. Roberts tells CBS19/ABC16 she plans to clean the house and listen to more country music but will be back at the department to help out with the payroll.

Ms. Roberts we all wish you well.

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