Apalachicola Police Department Capt. Steve James enjoyed a retirement luncheon June 18 at the Battery Park Community Center surrounded by family, friends, city staff and former fellow law enforcement officers.
James, an 18-year veteran of the department, started his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a correctional officer with the Florida Department of Corrections.
Nine years later, former Apalachicola Police Chief Warren Faircloth brought James on board as a young officer with the city’s police department, where he was later promoted to captain by former Chief Anderson Williams.
James said he is looking forward to owning and operating his own business, the Liberty Gas Station, also known as “Red's Family Store” west of town on U.S. 98.
"I bought Red's station and will be opening it around Oct.1,” said James. "He (Red) made me an offer I couldn't refuse.”
In honor of James' years of law enforcement service to the Apalachicola community, Police Chief Bobby Varnes presented him with his service patch, name plate, his captain insignias and his badge all enclosed in a small wooden case with a glass front, along with another badge inscribed "Retired Police Officer.” James was also presented a plaque by Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson in appreciation for his 18-years of service.