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Helton set to retire July 1By Carol Franch
Chief David Helton of Police and Public Safety, after working for the university for 13 years, is retiring on July 1.
“Two weeks after starting the job, the municipality called and offered me a job, but I turned them down this time,” Helton said.
Working through the ranks, while also attending classes full-time, Helton earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Gardner-Webb in 1987. He was appointed the Chief of Police in 1988 where he worked until his arrival at Pembroke in 1994.
“I had always hoped to find a position at a larger department because I felt it would allow me to offer a higher level of service to the campus community. When the Chief of Police position became vacant here, I was contacted by someone from the search committee and asked to apply,” Helton said.
“I had a strong background in community policing and crime prevention, had served six years as a Chief of Police, and evidently the committee felt I would be a good fit. I've never looked back, and have enjoyed working here more than anywhere I've ever been,” he said.
“It’s also nice knowing that you've made some small impact on making the campus a safer place in which to live, work and attend classes. The men and women in this department, and students that I have come to know, will be missed the most,” Helton said.