After a law enforcement career that spanned more than 40 years, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Lindsay is giving it up.
Lindsay, who has done double duty as a Criminal Investigations Deputy and information technology expert, officially retired Friday — but not before friends and co-workers said goodbye during a ceremony at the adult jail.
“When the Public Safety Sales Tax passed in the 1990s, we were able to hire 10 more deputies including four more in CID,” said Chief Deputy Sheriff and Jail Administrator Greg Bolin. “When we were doing his background, Wayne Matthews, who was prosecuting attorney at that time said ‘this is a guy you need to hire,’ and Wayne was right.”
Lindsay joined the sheriff’s department after spending five years as an officer with the Richardson, Texas, Police Department, and another 20 years and six months as a special agent with the Union Pacific Police.
After the joining the sheriff’s department, Lindsay was promoted to sergeant in January 1995, and to lieutenant in June 2007.
In addition to his work in Criminal Investigations, Lindsay has also been part of the department’s Information Technology/Technical Services Division since that division was created in 2007, as well as serving as sex crime coordinator and evidence custodian.
“Some of the things that are in place today, Bill and I talked about way back when,” Sheriff Gerald Robinson said. “Technical people see things differently and he took the Technical Division and made it grow.
“We’ve been through a lot together and I’m glad to call you my friend,” Robinson said.
Lt. Jennifer Carr, who also works in the Criminal Investigation Division, said that with Lindsay retiring, “it will not be the same.
“We’ve learned a lot from you listening to your war stories,” Carr said, adding that while she expected Lindsay to come by and check in from time to time, “he’s like a permanent fixture.”
Robinson said Lindsay’s retirement will “leave a vacancy that will be most difficult to fill.”
“I enjoyed it and will miss all of you,” Lindsay told the group. “I don’t know what else to say.”