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Retiring Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers honored by city council

July 24, 2013 | Virginia News

News Image By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Retiring Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers is highly regarded because he treats people with respect and teaches his officers to do the same.

That sentiment was expressed by many local officials and residents during a Martinsville City Council meeting on Tuesday when Rogers was recognized for his 33 years with the police department, including the past 14 as its chief.

Rogers, 54, will retire at the end of this month. The council presented him a ceremonial “key to the city” in recognition of his career, and he received two standing ovations from the full-house crowd at the council meeting.

He is “one of the most highly respected law enforcement officials across the state, and quite frankly, across the country,” said Mayor Kim Adkins.

Although she has been on the council for only seven months, Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge said she always has known Rogers to be respectful of people and insistent that his officers show respect.

“He does respect you,” said city resident Al Martin. “That makes him what he is.”

Martin said Rogers always has time to talk to whoever wants to talk to him. He indicated that Rogers treats people of all races with respect.

He said the next police chief should follow Rogers’ example.

“I’ve always been taught to treat people like you want to be treated,” Rogers said.

“You’re always very cool, always even-tempered,” even when the going gets tough, Councilman Mark Stroud, a retired master deputy with the city sheriff’s office, told Rogers. “I’ve been in awe of your service.” ...

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