Carroll Westlake was presented with a silver pocket watch Tuesday night by Police Chief Mike Broadhead upon her retirement. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – In what Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead called a bittersweet moment, the City of Riverton Tuesday night recognized the retirement of it’s Victim Witness Coordinator Carroll Westlake with a standing ovation and a silver pocket watch. Westlake created the office 15 years ago.
“Carroll came to us in 1999 and, together with her office partner Pat Buoy, the pair have assisted many hundreds of crime victims in the community,” Broadhead said. “She has also served as a counselor within the police department.”
With the audience packed with RPD officers, staff and Westlake’s family members, she received a prolonged standing ovation after Broadhead’s introduction.
“Thank you,” the humble Westlake said when addressing the city council. “I appreciate so much the way you have supported the program and the way you have supported me personally for all these years. Thank you to my chief, my captains, my officers, my support staff and dispatchers and to my gro up of cronies in the office who have shared so much laughters and tears with me, plus a little bit of mischief now and then.”
Westlake also recognized her daughter in the audience “who helped me start this program and to my office partner Pat Buoy who has a wonderful gift for dealing with people in pain. These past 15 years have absolutely been some of the best of my life and it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Riverton for all of this time. The best years of my life.”
Mayor Ron Warpness thanked Westlake “for the wonderful job you’ve done these years. We hate to see you go.”