HAZARD — This week, The Hazard Police Dept. recognized Lieutenant Charles Skiles for 40 years of service with HPD. To put the longevity of his service into perspective, Skiles has been with the force longer than the Force has been with Luke Skywalker. Star Wars was released the year after Skiles became a Hazard police officer. Seven different Presidents have lived in the White House throughout his tenure with HPD.
“What Charles Skiles has done is extraordinary and exceptional,” Deputy Chief Joseph Engle said, “We just want to recognize his tireless efforts serving the community.”
Skiles has experienced major shifts in local law enforcement needs during his decades with the department. Today, an estimated 85 percent of Southeast Kentucky arrests are associated with drugs. When Skiles joined HPD, Oxycontin, Percocet and Xanax had yet to exist.
Lt. Skiles’s service with HPD is even more remarkable when considering the fact that he did not begin work as a police officer until after he had already retired from the United States Navy. Skiles spent 21 years enlisted in the Navy prior to joining Hazard Police.
“Not many people can say they have worked in service to their country and their community for 61 years,” said Engle, “He is 82 years old and he still works 40 hours a week.”
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.