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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Mayor Gibbons gives Key to the City to Police Chaplain Larry Smith

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a Key to the City to Larry Smith Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons gave a Key to City to Police Department Chaplain Larry Smith last week. Gibbons and Police Chief Brent Phelps thanked Smith for his many years of service to the City and to the Lenoir Police Department.

Smith worked as a telecommunicator for the department for several years, and he has served as a Volunteer Chaplain since 2004. Smith and his wife plan to move out of the area later this year, so he will no longer be able to serve as a Chaplain.

Mayor Gibbons presented the Key to the City and a resolution to Smith on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, during the regular City Council meeting.

"I would like to present to you ... the highest honor that I can give you, the key to your city," Mayor Gibbons said. "I’m honored to present this to you. It serves to show that you have been a great citizen of our community and we’re very proud."

Chief Phelps said that Smith was the first African-American Chaplain for the Lenoir Police Department. He also mentioned that the Police chaplains serve for free.

Chief Phelps gave Smith a plaque containing a Lenoir Police Department patch, a message of thanks, and a life verse from the Bible - Hebrews 11:16.

"Larry, I love you, and I thank you for all the service to our department and to the citizens for all these years," Chief Phelps said.

Smith said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve the City and the department.

"I’m just grateful, first of all, to the Lord for this opportunity and for this wonderful community, and especially for these guys and ladies that serve at the Lenoir Police Department," Smith said. "They have been a blessing to me, and from what I understand, it’s been reciprocal. I don’t know exactly what I did or what I may have said to be helpful or a blessing to them, but anything I have done, it has been on my heart to do.

"Keep me in your prayers and I will sure enough do the same for you."

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a Key to the City to Larry Smith Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Mayor Joe Gibbons, right, presents a Key to the City of Lenoir to Police Chaplain Larry Smith, center, , accompanied by his wife, Benita, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, during the City Council meeting. Smith has served as a Police Department Chaplain since 2004. He is resigning from the position due to the fact that he and his wife are moving out of Lenoir.

Larry Smith Resolution in Recognition of Dedicated Service


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