TOP PHOTO: A hug from his honey topped off Thursday’s surprise retirement celebration for La Follette Chief of Police Bill Roehl. His wife Connie along with others was instrumental in making the day so special for the veteran lawman.

TBI Director David Rausch (tan jacket) expressed how impressed he was at the outpouring of support for his dear friend Bill Roehl.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Retiring La Follette Chief of Police Bill Roehl kept us all guessing Thursday morning in the cafeteria of the former West La Follette School. No one was really sure if he was surprised when he arrived at his retirement celebration or just playing along. Regardless, there was a most impressive turnout, and it was a good time had by all; especially by Chief Roehl. WLAF’s Charlie Hutson has the full photo gallery HERE.

These veteran lawmen have a combined more than 150 years of service. Left to right La Follette Chief of Police Bill Roehl, former sheriff and La Follette Police Officer Ron McClellan, TBI Director and former Knoxville Chief of Police David Rausch, former La Follette Chief of Police Jack Widener and former La Follette Chief of Police and current LPD Lieutenant James Lynch.

WLAF asked those in the police department who have worked with the chief these past several years to sum him up in one word. It wasn’t easy, but they almost pulled it off.

Charles Duff – Professionalism

Danielle Gilbert – Hard worker

Jamie Hall – Amazing

Anthony Mahar – Patient

Aaron Adkins – Genuine

Zack Daugherty – Compassionate

Matthew Forsyth – Professionalism

Jack Widener – Good man

Katina Chapman – A blessing

David Rausch – Passionate

Noah Riggs – Integrity

Steve Wallen – A great man of character and a blessing to all.

Brenda Moses – Supportive

James Lynch – A good fella

Matthew Sandifer – Godly

Chief Roehl’s family came out in full force on his special day.

Best to you in your second attempt at being retired, Chief. Roehl came to La Follette after retiring from decades of service with the Knoxville Police Department. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/26/2022-6AM)