I am one of the lucky people who can say that they have known Bobby for over 40 years. We played backyard football, basketball, and attended the same schools until high school where he went one direction and I another.
He and I didn't see each other again until the 90's and right off the bat I noticed one thing - he had never forgotten where he came from. Bobby is one of a very few that have climbed the ladder from the bottom to the top (of any occupation - much less law enforcement) without breaking a few ladder rungs on the way up. He is also one of a few that was picked by the officers that he has worked with over his career to be there chief.
Why would officers do a thing like that - because they trust him just like everyone who has the privilege of knowing him does.
Bobby, I want to thank you for serving the citizens of Chattanooga and for never forgetting where you came from. I, along with many others, wish you a long and happy retirement.
Your friend always,
Gary DeWayne Johnson