The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

June 30, 2014

Norwood police chief to retire

Sunday, June 29, 2014 — When Norwood’s Town Council met in a special called meeting to approve its 2014-15 budget, it was also met with a surprise announcement.

Norwood Police Chief Randy Smith officially informed the town board June 14 that he will retire effective Sept. 1.

Smith plans to return to his hometown of Marion where his parents and grown children still live.

“I’m going to enjoy my parents and my grandchildren. That’s why I’m retiring,” Smith said Tuesday.

“I’m going to spoil my grandchildren.”

Smith has been Norwood’s police chief since August 2004.

Norwood’s Town Administrator Dwight Smith praised Randy Smith’s leadership.

“He’s done a real good job in the time he’s been here,” Dwight Smith said.

“He projects a good image for our police department. Randy has a great rapport with the people of Norwood. He takes time to talk to people.”

Dwight Smith said the chief also maintains the respect of those he serves.

“I believe in treating people like I want to be treated,” Randy Smith said.

Dwight Smith said the chief routinely interacts with the community during events.

Randy Smith said he has enjoyed living in Norwood.

“It’s a great place to raise a family,” he said.

“I feel like it’s been my second home.”

Prior to overseeing Norwood’s force, Smith worked for 20 years at the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

At only 53 years old, Randy Smith said he has no plans to secure any employment after returning to his hometown.

In anticipation of the relocation, his wife of 35 years has already been granted a transfer to Newton where she works in telecommunications for the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The town of Norwood has begun its search for a new police chief that oversees six full-time and eight part-time officers and an administrative assistant.  

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email


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