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Police Chief Oath

District Justice Matthew Seavey administers the oath of office to Gerry Simpson. Simpson's wife Lisa holds the Bible.

Swearing in of Police Chief Gerald Simpson, December 13, 2010.

(Text and photos courtesy Nancy Johnson, Chester County Press)

The respect and admiration for retiring New Garden Township Chief of Police Larry Dampman and incoming Chief Gerry Simpson was overwhelming on Monday, December 13 as the meeting room was overflowing with family, fellow law enforcement officers from numerous municipalities, and residents. Greeting the crowd, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Norris announced, “This is a terrific tribute to our department chief and soon to be new chief!” District Justice Matthew Seavey administered the oath of office to Simpson, who comes to New Garden after 23 years with the Newark Police Department. Norris enthusiastically offered, “Welcome on behalf of this Board and New Garden‘s 13, 000 plus residents.” Simpson‘s brother Scott, a police officer with New Castle County Police Department, summed up his brief comments noting, “Delaware‘s great loss is Pennsylvania‘s great gain!”
The new chief then took the podium thanking the audience. “I appreciate all of you being with me to share this proud moment,” he began. “Law enforcement is a family and it is a noble profession,” he emphasized.
He continued, “Law enforcement does have a shelf life. Chief Dampman is placing his 39 years of distinguished service on the shelf, but he promises me when I call him he‘ll pick up the phone.” Speaking directly to Dampman he added sincerely, “New Garden law enforcement was fortunate to have someone of your caliber.” Speaking for the Board, Norris concurred, “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Chief Dampman and we wish you the best in your retirement.”
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Retiring Chief Larry Dampman is surrounded by his colleagues on the New Garden Police force.

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The changing of the guard. Longtime New Garden Police Chief Larry Dampman retires as Gerry Simpson takes over.