Local law enforcement officer Bill Bates retired on July 31. A Yadkin County native who was raised on a tobacco farm, Bates began working full-time for the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He joined the force at Yadkinville Police Department full-time in 2002.
Though law enforcement can be a challenging career, Bates said it is also very rewarding.
“I’ll always cherish the people I got to work with and the time I got to spend with them,” he said. “The job, and the people you can help along life’s way, that’s rewarding. I got to experience a lot of things along the way as far as being able to work with good people. That’s one good thing about the job is knowing you’ve got somebody to watch your back and work with people that you trust.”
Bates also has a son in law enforcement with North Carolina Highway Patrol.
“I don’t know of any job that would be more rewarding, when you can help people,” Bates said.
Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks said, “Bill has been an asset to our department for over 25 years working part-time in the beginning and becoming full-time in 2002.
“Bill was always willing and eager to help the citizens of our community when they were in need. He worked for us in the schools toward the end of his career and had the respect of staff and students. We will miss him,” Parks added.
Bates said he may continue to work part-time, but also will be spending more time working on his farm with his cows and his son’s horses and spending time with family.
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