The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring Police Sergeant Greg Snider Tuesday night, May 18, 2021, during the City Council meeting.
Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Snider honoring his years of service to the City of Lenoir. Mayor Gibbons also presented a small City of Lenoir flag and coins to Snider.
"We want to say thank you for all that you have done and all you've meant to this City," Mayor Gibbons said. "Thank you for protecting our citizens for 20-plus years. We wish you well in your retirement."
During his career with the City of Lenoir, Sgt. Snider served as a patrolman, a school resource officer, a K9 handler, in criminal investigations, a physical fitness instructor, a SCAT instructor, a chaplain, and in logistics.
Snider said that today, police officers and police staff often go unnoticed and unrecognized by society, but there are some phenomenal people working in the City of Lenoir Police Department.
"Let me tell you, we have some fantastic people here," Snider said. "This City of Lenoir is family. As long as we take care of our [residents] and we take care of ourselves, it's going to be a better world and a better place. I appreciate every opportunity and I appreciate every adventure we've had together. So, God bless you, God keep you, and we'll all return one day together."
Sgt. Snider's official last day is June 1.
The City of Lenoir City Council presented a retirement resolution to Sgt. Greg Snider Tuesday, May 18, 2021, during the City Council meeting. Pictured from left: Councilman David Stevens, Capt. Brian Smith, Capt. Couby Stilwell, Councilman Ben Willis, Mayor Joe Gibbons, Councilman Todd Perdue, Sgt. Snider, Councilman Jonathan Beal, City Manager Scott Hildebran, and Capt. Andy Wilson.
Resolution In Recognition of Dedicated Service
WHEREAS, from March 12, 1990, to July 24, 1991, Gregory Fletcher Snider served as Patrolman for the City of Lenoir under the direction of Police Chief Jack Warlick;
THAT, upon leaving the City of Lenoir, he served as K9 Officer for the McDowell Sheriff’s Office, Investigations Officer for the Old Fort Police Department and Impact Drill Instructor for the North Carolina Department of Corrections;
THAT, on the 20th of August, in the year 2001 Greg Snider was re-hired by Chief Warlick and due to his dedication and diligence in performing in an exemplary manner, advanced through the ranks to achieve the position of Sergeant in the year 2013;
THAT, Greg Snider, as of the date of this Resolution, has admirably and with great distinction, served the citizens of Lenoir during the tenures of four Police Chiefs and has served in a number of capacities in all three divisions of the Lenoir Police Department Patrol, Investigations, and Support Services;
THAT, he has formed relationships with the citizens and coworkers through a genuine concern and professional dedication to duty Greg has contributed to the success of the community not only professionally, but through and with the support of his family;
THAT, society and law enforcement as a whole has undergone many changes and challenges over the last 30 years, and Sergeant Snider has stayed abreast through those changing trends to remain an effective mentor and leader within the department and community at large;
THAT, prior to being hired by the City of Lenoir, he served his country as a Squad Leader with the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne from the years 1985 to 1989;
THAT, in August 1993 Greg earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Western Piedmont Community College, where he also received EMT Training Over the years, he has received a number of Instructor Certificates and was instrumental in developing the City’s K 9 Program, Special Response Team, and Physical Fitness Program;
THAT, Greg Snider, completed Police Law Institute in 2005 and received the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 2008 and has made a number of significant contributions throughout his career, serving as School Resource Officer for Hibriten High School, K9 Handler for Incident Command, Criminal Investigations, Physical Fitness Instructor, SCAT Instructor, Chaplain, and Logistics;
THAT, he has humbly served the citizens of the City of Lenoir and Caldwell County and will be retiring on June 1, 2021, with over 30 years of creditable service in the North Carolina Local Government Retirement System;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by authority of the Mayor and City Manager, and on behalf of the City Council, that Sergeant Greg Snider has been an exemplary employee, and is himself the epitome of the professional Law Enforcement Officer His contributions to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Lenoir and officers of the Lenoir Police Department will be held in high esteem and remembrance by this governing body, as well as persons impacted by his accomplishments.
THIS the 18th day of May 2021.
Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor