Marshville chief recalls moments in his career

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

After a number of years in the law enforcement field, Chief Carl Webber of the Marshville Police Department plans to retire at the end of April.

For many years, he has worked in the law enforcement profession on and off in the Wingate and Marshville areas and for a period of time worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He has been chief of the Marshville Police Department since 2011.

In addition to serving as Marshville’s police chief, in the past he has worked as a police officer in the town as well as the town’s administrator.

“April 30 is my last day,” Webber said in reference to his upcoming retirement.

Though he is retiring, he has enjoyed his time as police chief in Marshville and his past work in the law enforcement profession. Though he grew up in New York, Marshville is his mother’s hometown and he can trace his family history in the town back to the 1700s. He was first sworn into the law enforcement profession in 1983 and spent two years afterwards as a reserve officer. He worked in Marshville as a dispatcher and as a part-time police officer for a while before receiving a full-time law enforcement opportunity in 1985, Webber said.

“My first full-time job in law enforcement was working for the town of Wingate in 1985 and then I came back to Marshville full-time,” he said.

It was 1987 when he came back to Marshville and began working full-time there. He worked as a police officer in the town from 1987 to 2000 and then from 2000 to 2009, he served as the town’s administrator. He left Marshville in 2009 to work with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in Indian Trail and in June of 2011 he returned to Marshville to serve as chief of the town’s police department.

“I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been good, a little challenging,” Webber said in reference to serving as Marshville’s police chief.

Since becoming police chief he has served under four different town managers in a period of two years and nine months, which is not easy when it comes to continuity. As a chief you have to work with the town manager. Officers in the police department are not as affected by the changing of town managers but as a chief you have to work with the manager and adjust to what each is looking for. Despite this and other challenges of being a police chief, he has enjoyed his time in the position and in law enforcement as a whole. Being able to work with and help people is what he has enjoyed the most about the profession, he said.

“I think throughout my career it’s been those times to reach out and I know it sounds a little cliché but to get out and help people,” he said in reference to what he likes the most about law enforcement.

An example of this was during the beginning of his career when he met a young teenager who had behavioral problems that led to various visits to his home and family. He worked with the teen and the teen’s family to address different issues and several years later the teen, who was then grown up, stopped by the police department to see him.

“He told me his name and he said, ‘You tried to help me and I really appreciate it,’” Webber said.

He found out that the teen had gone into the military after he worked to help him years ago and turned his life around.

Incidents like this, which he has experienced throughout his career make him feel like he has made a difference, he said.

After he retires on April 30, he has a variety of plans he is looking into. He is interested in doing some traveling as well as volunteering in the community. The law enforcement profession has changed a lot since he started in the 1980s but he is glad to have been a part of it and for the work he’s done over the years, he said.

“It’s an evolving, challenging career and I’ve enjoyed it,” Webber said.

For more information about the town of Marshville or the Marshville Police Department visit the town’s website at www.marshville.org.