Police losing three officers

STRASBURG – Three members of the Strasburg Police Department, including Deputy Chief Jerome Robinson, have announced retirement or resignation plans since Nov. 21.

Chief Tim Sutherly confirmed the impending departures of the three Monday but refused to comment on the reasons, citing rules governing personnel matters.

“We have had some personnel issues,” Sutherly said of the department.

No information was available on whether the departure plans, submitted within 10 days of each other, are related. Sutherly said one of the two resignations was submitted Monday.

Sutherly refused to identify those who are leaving, but Robinson confirmed in an interview Monday that he was among them.

The resignations are effective Tuesday, Friday, and Dec. 16, Sutherly said.

Robinson said his retirement is age-related.

“I’m turning 50, and I’ve got 30 years in law enforcement, and it was time,” Robinson said.

Robinson added that he has been on leave for the last two weeks, and Tuesday will be his last day with the department. He declined to give details about why he was on leave.

“I’m retiring,” Robinson said. “I’m moving on, and I’m taking some leave.”

“I’ve enjoyed my time, and it’s been an honor working for the town of Strasburg,” Robinson said.

Sutherly described any resignation as “painful” but said the department will fill the vacancies and “move on.”

Robinson joined Strasburg police seven years ago after 23 years with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. The Strasburg Police Department’s website lists Robinson’s areas of expertise as including defensive tactics, motorcycle gangs, commercial vehicle drug interdiction and weapons of mass destruction.

The department has 20 full-time officers, according to the website.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com