Decatur Police officer retires after 30 yearsA cake from Strawn's retirement party. Photo provided by Chris Billingsley.
On Friday Decatur Police officers said goodbye to a colleague and friend.
Oct. 31 was investigator Deborah Strawn’s last day on the job after spending 30 years with the department.
Chris Billingsley, who notified us of the retirement, told Decaturish, “She was known in the department as the ‘Iron-Fisted Custodian’ because of her careful supervision of evidence.”
Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee said Strawn played several key roles in the police department. In addition to serving as the department’s evidence custodian, she has been a patrol officer, field training officer, patrol supervisor, tactical officer, investigator and managed the department’s school crossing guard program.
“Investigator Strawn’s retirement is a bittersweet moment for members of the department,” Lee said. “While we are happy she now has time to enjoy her many hobbies, we will miss her camaraderie and fantastic work ethic. As the saying goes, ‘They just don’t make them like her anymore.'”