Cedar­town Po­lice Clerk Dot­tie Wood re­tir­ing af­ter 30 years this month

The Standard Journal - - Local -

In her 30 years with the Cedar­town Po­lice Depart­ment, Dot­tie Wood has seen a lot.

She’s worked with five dif­fer­ent po­lice chiefs – in­clud­ing W.M. Moss, John Dean, Keith Bar­ber, Henry King and now, Jamie New­some. She first came on board with the po­lice depart­ment as a dis­patcher and as­sisted in the hous­ing of pris­on­ers at the po­lice depart­ment of­fice. “That was way be­fore the county 9-1-1 and the new jail. We don’t lock folks up in here any­more, but we used to.”

Prob­a­bly the best de­scrip­tion of her cur­rent job now is: what doesn’t she do? She takes care of all of­fice du­ties, serves as the mu­nic­i­pal court clerk and serves as the Ge­or­gia Crime In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter op­er­a­tor and ter­mi­nal agency co­or­di­na­tor, just to name a few.

There’s plenty she’s seen and ex­pe­ri­enced in her three decades with CPD, though most funny sto­ries, by her own ad­mis­sion, “aren’t the re­peat­able kind,” she ex­plains with a laugh. The Blizzard of 1993 is a ma­jor event that sticks out in her mind. “Me and one other guy were the only ones in the depart­ment with a 4-wheel drive. I re­mem­ber trans­port­ing the of­fi­cers to an­swer calls and trans­port­ing re­lief per­son­nel. I’d go home, get a few hours of sleep, then come right back on in.”

Born and raised in Cedar­town, hail­ing from the Bull­dog Class of 1981, Wood now lives in Ft. Payne, Ala., with her hus­band, Jerry Len and a cute lit­tle Chi­huahua named Annabelle. Her great nieces, Katie and Scar­lett, keep her sharp and on her feet.

As to her plans af­ter re­tire­ment: “I’m go­ing to take off for a few min­utes and then maybe take a part time job some­where. Af­ter be­ing here 30 years, it’s hard leav­ing. It’s like leav­ing my sec­ond fam­ily.”

“It’s rare in to­day’s world for some­one to ded­i­cate 30 years to the same com­pany. The days of people get­ting a job and stay­ing with that job un­til re­tire­ment age is get­ting less and less fre­quent. That’s some­thing you can’t put a price on,” said Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some. “There are so many things that Dot­tie has taken upon her­self to do over the years, we may not even know how ben­e­fi­cial she has been un­til there’s a void there.”

New­some said that the depart­ment has hired an­other in­di­vid­ual to take over Wood’s du­ties. “We have hired some­one that’s com­ing on board to serve in that po­si­tion, and we know that that per­son can­not ever re­place Dot­tie, but they can pick up where she left off. She’ll never know how much I ap­pre­ci­ate her ser­vices and how de­pend­able she’s been. Ad­min­is­tra­tively, she’s al­ways been the go-to per­son.”

A re­tire­ment party will be held for Wood on July 31 at 2 p.m. at City Hall. The pub­lic is in­vited to drop by and wish her well.

Dot­tie Wood

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