Nash Sheriff’s Major retires

Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nash Sheriff’s Major retires

Lt. Pat Joyner, of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office (far left) presents Major Dennis Lyons with a plaque of apprecation during a retirement party in his honor. (Graphic photo by Amanda Clark)
Major Dennis Lyons’ law enforcement career started over 30 years ago with a police officer and an air conditioned car.

Today, Lyons laughs as he recalls how he thought police officers had it easy.

It was then that Lyons was sitting in his own vehicle, with the window down and sweating when a police officer pulls up beside him. Lyons said he remembers the officers’ window was rolled up and he could tell the air conditioner was running and the officer was nice and cool. That’s when Lyons decided he’d like to be a police officer too.

“All they do is ride around and eat donuts and drink coffee,” Lyons said. “Boy, was I wrong.”

Thirty-two years later, Lyons will quickly admit there’s more to law enforcement than coffee and donuts. Even still, Lyons said he’s loved just about every minute of it.

“I have truly, thoroughly enjoyed my time,” he said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, where Lyons spent the last 15 years, helped Lyons celebrate his retirement by hosting a party in his honor on Friday.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins presented Lyons with his service weapon during the event. On Thursday morning, Nash County Commissioners approved allowing Sheriff Jenkins to give Lyons his service weapon. During the meeting, Jenkins told commissioners he hated to see Lyons go.

“It is a sad day for all of us, especially me,” Jenkins said. “I do hate to see him go.”

Jenkins asked that commissioners approve allowing the department to present Lyons with his service weapon.

“We’ve done this several times before to several people,” Jenkins said. “It’s a small token of what we can do for him. He’s been so dedicated to the people in this county, to me.”

Commissioners quickly approved the request and all thanked Lyons for his service to Nash County.

“I just know, you are not going to stop working,” Commissioner Lou Richardson said. You are just changing gears and going in another direction. But I know you’ll continue to work for the County of Nash and anybody you can help. It’s in your bloodstream.”

Lyons thanked commissioners for approving the request and for all their support over the years.

“It’s been 15 years with the county and I’ve truly enjoyed all 15 years here, some more than others,” he said. “It’s truly been a pleasure. Thank you for what you do for the county, most of all thank you for what you do for the Sheriff’s Office.”

Lyons, who was born and raised in Edgecombe County but now lives in Nash County, with his wife Juanita, began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Rocky Mount Police Department. He served there for 14 years before going to the Department of Corrections, where he worked for two years.

In January of 1995, Lyons came to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served the past 15 years.

Sheriff Jenkins said Lyons was someone he could count on.

“He has been loyal to me and dedicated to these people,” Jenkins said. “I’ve never worked with anybody any better or any more dedicated than Dennis Lyons. I’m going to miss him.”

“He has been wonderful to work with and I’m going to have a time replacing him,” Jenkins added.

Lyons said he has no immediate plans for retirement. Eventually, Lyons said, he may pursue something else in law enforcement.

“My only plans right now are to relax and enjoy life,” he said.