With an overall total of nearly 50 years in law enforcement under his gunbelt, Frankie Rohrer will retire as chief of the Byron Police Department on Friday, June 29, as the Big Horn County community convenes to salute him during a public ceremony.
The potluck event, including free barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs that will be served by the Town of Byron, will be held on the parking lot behind the town hall. The party will run from 5 to 7 p.m. with an appreciation ceremony set for 6. Attendance by family and friends from many areas is anticipated, plus law enforcement associates including Sheriff Ken Blackburn and Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis. Many people from across the county, the country and the world want to say good-bye, noted his wife, Peggy.
Rohrer’s final day on the job after 13 years as chief and lone town officer is Friday, June 29. He’ll officially be retired after his shift ends Friday, with John Wahl then taking full command. Wahl has been on the job since May 8, coordinating the transition with the outgoing chief.
Several volunteer committees have been working with town hall to plan and stage the retirement party and recognition. Wahl said that Rohrer is to be honored for his time and service. Gifts and a plaque are among parts of what will be presented during the ceremony citing his devotion to duty. Rohrer has been chief since July 1999 and has worked part time for the Lovell Police Department for 36 years. He also worked part time for the sheriff’s department years back.
BY BOB RODRIGUEZ