Honors and appreciation were voiced by the Aragon City Council and Aragon Police Department ahead of the final days of Marc Riley, a longtime officer and one-time chief for the city’s police force.

Riley was honored by Municipal Court Judge Terry Wheeler, the City Council and APD Chief Brad Loyd during an April 15 celebration that also saw local residents and family members invited to show their appreciation for Riley’s time on the force. His law enforcement career as a whole spans decades, but Aragon is where Riley ultimately called home and achieved his highest honors during his time in public safety.

He was presented with an plaque for his desk and a gold watch, a longtime traditional retirement gift for those who have had long careers in law enforcement. The city also proclaimed April 15, 2021 as Marc Riley Day for Aragon to honor the former chief as well.

Riley said his emotions were mixed following the ceremony when he was able to enjoy time with family and friends who came to show their support.

“It’s kind of sad. I’m happy and sad at the same time,” Riley said. “Leaving the city that I love, it is kind of bittersweet. I made so many friends, and so many of the citizens and I have become friends.”

“It’s going to be sad, but at some point you have to make that decision. It’s time for me to retire and let somebody else do it,” Riley added.

Riley said his fondest memory of being at the department was his service as Chief of the Aragon Police Department.

“I was proud to be the chief,” he said. “It takes a lot. You have to go through a lot to become a chief. To me, it speaks volumes that I had what it takes to do it.”

He plans in retirement to continue working in a home-based business and kick up his feet as much as possible to relax.

Riley’s official retirement date is at the end of the week on Friday, April 30.

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