Mayor David McCauley administers the oath of duty to Buckhannon's newest city police officer, Collin Cope, Thursday. Also pictured is police chief Matt Gregory.

Cope joins BPD ranks, Dave Roby recognized for 18-plus years of service

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon’s newest law enforcement officer took his official oath of duty at Buckhannon City Council’s Thursday meeting.

Mayor David McCauley swore Collin Cope in as the newest addition to the Buckhannon City Police Department, bringing the number back up to 11. Cope replaces former officer Sammy Criss following his resignation.

Police chief Matt Gregory said Cope would be going through the orientation process and reviewing policies and procedures prior to traveling to the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Pictured from left are Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory; Kacey Cope; the BPD’s newest officer Collin Cope, and Mayor David McCauley.

“We’ve already got the paperwork together [for the police academy],” Gregory said. “We anticipate getting that out next week, and hopefully having a slot for him in July at the (W.Va.) State Police Academy.”

The police academy is a 16-week program from which participants graduate at its conclusion.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, city officials honored longtime Buckhannon Waste Department employee Dave Roby Day with a recognition of service proclamation that declared April 4 to be Dave Roby Day.

Pictured, from left, are City of Buckhannon employee Sue Roby, retiring Waste Department employee Dave Roby and McCauley.

Roby, who has been employed with the city’s Waste Department since 2001, continuously displayed a “work ethic beyond reproach,” McCauley said.

Dave Roby worked for more than 18 years in the city’s Waste Department. Pictured, from left, are Waste Department Superintendent Jeff Wamsley, Public Works Director Jerry Arnold, Roby and McCauley.

Roby’s retirement was effective at the end of March.

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