In a voice occasionally choked with emotion, Stover said, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the city of Lewisburg.”

He had only two requests from the council – one being that he hoped to see the next chief come from the ranks of the police department. “There are many officers here with years of service who are highly qualified and ready for the position.” He asked that council not “send the wrong message” by seeking someone from outside the city’s department. Secondly, Stover asked that the DARE to Cruz Car Show continue as it has for the last nine years in support of the Eastern Greenbrier Middle School’s D.A.R.E. drug education program.

Stover said in situations such as this, an honorary certificate is often issued to the retiree. “But, really, I’d like to keep the Dodge Charger,” he said with a laugh. He said he has no immediate plans for the future, but anticipates he will “get antsy eventually.”

“Catch your breath here,” Manchester said, reflecting the reaction from everyone on the council who appeared to be caught unaware of Stover’s retirement plans.

“Lewisburg’s Police Department is the envy around…

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