Police chief to retire after 11 years

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

STRASBURG — Strasburg’s police chief will retire in January after 11 years in his post.

Tim Sutherly, 49, announced his departure during the July 11 council meeting. He joined the Strasburg Police Department as chief in January 2007 after spending 17 years with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Sutherly has worked in law enforcement for 32 years. He served as a law enforcement specialist in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1990 before joining Warren County.

In 2014, Sutherly announced that he would challenge Sheriff Tim Carter in the November 2015 election. He called off his campaign in April 2015 to care for his then 5-year-old son, who has epilepsy.

He graduated from Strasburg High School in 1986 and earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Liberty University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and earned a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Liberty.

During a phone interview on July 14, Sutherly said he has spent this year weighing the possibility of retirement.

“I was thinking that in the next year or two, that would be it,” he said. “I told myself that whenever I got to that point, that would be my last year. That way you can go out on your own terms.”

Sutherly added that he is satsified with the job he has done in keeping Strasburg safe.

“Being a good steward, keeping the crime rate low and protecting the community has been a great honor,” he said.

His plans for retirement involve coaching Little League for his two children, aged 7 and 5, and working on his farm, he said.

Strasburg administrators hope to hire a new police chief before Sutherly’s departure, according to Town Manager Wyatt Pearson.

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