TOP PHOTO: Retiring La Follette Police dispatcher Susan Nash was celebrated and appreciated at a special gathering on Tuesday morning at La Follette City Hall. Left to right in this Charlie Hutson photo are Chief of Police Bill Roehl, Nash, and Mayor Phillip Farmer.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – You may not know her face though if you’ve ever listened to a police scanner, you certainly know her voice. The person with that resonant tone, Dispatch Supervisor Susan Nash, was celebrated Tuesday morning at La Follette City Hall as the veteran with the La Follette Police Department is calling it a career come Friday.
As I visited with Susan at her celebration she explained that she initially worked in the front office for the police department, and when they needed someone to fill in on dispatch she filled in one day. Her career behind the mic was born. One officer interjected “and she’s been filling in ever since.”
Dispatchers are generally the first to hear bad news or complaints, and Nash calls her 20+ years with LPD dispatch as a lot of good and bad situations. “All in all, it’s been very rewarding to help people,” said Nash.
“I appreciate everything she’s done for the City. I thank you for your service and dedication,” said LPD Chief of Police Bill Roehl.
Nash began her career only weeks after 9/11 in 2001. She’ll officially step away this Friday, June 3, after almost 21 years of “filling in.”
Mayor Phillip Farmer expressed how he hates to see her go. “She’s done a good job,” said the mayor.
City Administrator Stan Foust has been with the City for much of Nash’s career and called Nash more than a co-worker. “She’s a friend, and we appreciate all you’ve done,” said Foust.
“Thank you for a good job, Susan. Enjoy your retirement,” said Council Member Wayne Kitts.
“It’s been a good time. I’ve been through a lot with these guys. They’re the best,” said Nash. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/01/2022-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)