Friday, October 26, 2012
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Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor hands retired police Capt. Catherine Gervin a shadow box memento at her congratulation luncheon Friday in the Law Enforcement Center.
ALBANY, Ga. — Guests at the retirement celebration held Friday for 28-year-plus-one-month veteran Albany Police Department Lt. Catherine Gervin opened their hearts to wish her well.
The luncheon at the Law Enforcement Center attracted Albany officials such as City Manager James Taylor and City Commissioners Tommie Postel and Jon Howard to thank Gervin for her service. But her colleagues, her friends and extended family brought her their praise as well.
Calling Gervin drill-sergeant tough, her colleagues said they were all the better for her supervision because she treated them fairly. Gervin was even a demanding writing coach, many said.
“I knew that the reports had to be written the right way,” Gervin said. “If their reports made it to the Supreme Court to be read, I wanted them to be good.”
As many in the crowd said, retirement is just another chapter in a life well-lived by Gervin. She’ll take a few days off to be with her family of five daughters. Then she said she will find another way to serve the community she gratefully calls home.