Roberts says decision to retire was hard

By on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories More Top Stories

PENDLETON – Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts is retiring Dec. 1.

“I’ve shed a few tears over this decision and spent a lot of sleepless nights contemplating what the appropriate move is,” he said. “I made a vow to my staff 18 years ago that they would always get the best of me.”

Roberts, whose law enforcement career spans 29 years, said he’s not retiring to a life of leisure.

“I will be accepting a position which will allow me to continue living in Pendleton while working closely with law enforcement throughout the state of Oregon as a risk management consultant,” he said.

Roberts, who is a graduate of Pendleton High School, says he will miss his job but he will not miss the difficulties law enforcement in Oregon is facing, especially a legislature-ordered cutback in police academy training in spite of a severe personnel shortage.

Roberts has accepted the position of law enforcement risk management consultant for City County Insurance Services of Oregon. CIS Oregon was formed by the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties to meet the risk management and employee benefit needs of Oregon’s cities, towns, and other local governments. It supports 98 percent of cities and more than 78 percent of counties in Oregon with at least one type of insurance.