Cheerful goodbyes |

Cheerful goodbyes

Granby Chief of Police Bill Housley is welcomed to his surprise retirement party at Granby Elementary School by his wife Mary.
Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News |

Granby Chief of Police Bill Housley is retiring at the end of this month after a career in community policing that has lasted nearly 45-years.

Many of the residents of Granby may not be aware of Chief Housley’s intense dedication to the children of this community or that he greets students at Granby Elementary School (GES) nearly every single morning as they exit their school busses and head in to class. To recognize the selfless work of Chief Housley, and to wish him well as he embarks on the next stage of his life, the students and staff at GES held a surprise retirement party for Chief Housley Wednesday afternoon Dec. 14 in the GES gym.

The party was a surprise for Chief Housley and required a bit of obfuscation from the staff at GES and the local members of the law enforcement community to ensure Housley didn’t catch wind of what was going on. After being greeted by the youngsters and adults in attendance Chief Housley was put in the hot seat as students asked him questions about his retirement plans.

In preparation for the surprise party the students at GES each wrote Chief Housley a brief letter congratulating him on his retirement and thanking him for being a part of their daily school lives. Several of the students were selected to read their letters to Chief during the event. Young Margaret Bellatty wrote an especially moving letter stating, “Thank you for protecting us… I hope you remember me as Smiley. I love when you call me Smiley when I get off the bus. I love when you smile back at me when I smile at you. I hope you have fun when you retire.”

As the event wrapped up Chief Housley offered a few parting words of wisdom for the children in attendance. “Every day is important,” Housley said. He went on to encourage the children to live their lives with purpose and curiosity while extolling the importance of education.

We at the Sky-Hi News wish to express our thanks to Chief Housley for his dedication and service to the community of Granby and for always being a positive role model for our children.

Please watch for our spotlight interview with Chief Housley, as we look back on his many years of service, which will be published next Friday Dec. 23.

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