PIEDMONT - Robbie Smith, who has served for nearly two years as the Piedmont police chief, has recently resigned that position, but will remain with the community as police sergeant.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Robbie Smith, who has served for nearly two years as the Piedmont police chief, has recently resigned that position, but will remain with the community as police sergeant.
He will continue with part-time work for Piedmont, putting in a couple of days every other week, and will be part of the transition when a new police chief takes placement in the city.
He will also work with recently obtained grant funding to purchase police equipment for Piedmont.
Smith has accepted employment as a police officer in McMechen, located in Marshall County, along the Ohio River, and he and his wife have already moved to that community.
“Piedmont is a good place to work,” he said, while saying, “The people were so good to me; I will miss this community.”
Adding that the move to the northern panhandle of West Virginia was made because, Smith said, “It was more centrally located to where my children live.”
While preparing to pack up their belongings for the about 150-mile trip to McMechen, the Smith family suffered a time of sadness.
During the time Smith served with the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, he trained Kira, his K-9 officer, and in 2013, Smith and Kira were named the K-9 Team of the Year by the West Virginia Canine Association.
When leaving that law enforcement position, Smith was able to take Kira with him and keep the canine at the family home.
At the age of just over 17 years, Kira passed away and the burial took place at Potomac Memorial Gardens, in an area designated for canines.
Smith said the passing of Kira caused a delay in packing the U-Haul that was engaged by the day to make the move to McMechen.
He said that when the U-Haul moving company learned of the circumstances, “They donated an extra day of use for us to move.”
Piedmont commissioner Paula Boggs said of Smith, “He did an awesome job for us and got things done that needed to be handled.”
“Robbie cared about Piedmont and was concerned about the community and the people,” she said.
David Goddard, the newly-elected mayor of McMechen who will officially take office on July 1, said that Smith will be part of the community police force that consists of a chief and four officers.
Goddard added that one of the four officers will be soon retiring, leaving that spot opened for Smith.
“He is fitting into his role as police officer very nicely,” Goddard said, and he is excited about having a new officer on board.
Giving some numbers, Goddard said that the population of McMechen is around 1,800.
Smith said that at the present he is becoming familiar with McMechen and the people, and, “I have learned the names of every community street.”
He said, “I want to do the proper things as a police officer here,” and the main reason I am here is to “protect the citizens.”
As part of his job, Smith will be backup for the area state police and will assist with the ambulance service.
Prior to leaving for McMechen, Smith was the guest at a party held in the outdoor area of the Piedmont American Legion.