Apalachicola Police Department Capt. Steve James enjoyed a retirement luncheon noon today at the Battery Park Community Center surrounded by family, friends, city staff and former fellow law enforcement officers.
James an 18-year veteran of the Apalachicola Police Department started his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a Correctional Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections.
Nine years later former Apalachicola Police Chief Warren Faircloth brought James on board as a young officer with the City of Apalachicola Police Department where he was promoted to Captain by former Chief of Police Anderson Williams.
James says he's now looking forward to owning and operating his own business, the Liberty Gas Station a.k.a. 'Red's Family Store' west of town on U.S. Hwy 98.
"I bought Red's station and will be opening it around October 1", said James. "He (Red) made me an offer I couldn't refuse".
In honor of James' years of law enforcement service to the Apalachicola community, Police Chief Bobby Varnes presented him with his service patch, name plate, his Captain insignias and his badge all enclosed in a small wooden case with a glass front, along with another badge inscribed "Retired Police Officer".
James was also presented a plaque in appreciation for his 18-years of service by Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.
Photos by Apalachicola Police Department Officer Lt. Pam Lewis