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It was during this conference that the Executive Board rec- ognized the need for the Association to have a chaplain and Billy was tapped to develop and implement that program. He gladly ac- cepted that assignment and over the next thirteen years we enjoyed reading his articles (Chaplain's Corner) in each issue of our Associate Magazine. During his tenure as Chaplain, he conducted memorial services for 1,104 NA graduates at our Annual Conferences and is so grateful that only five of those deaths were by adversarial action. He fondly recalls the many times that he had the opportunity to offer counsel to NA members and, in most cases, was able to assist them with whatever matters they were experiencing. In 2013, Billy retired from the Execu- tive Board and assisted with the selection of his successor, Chaplain Dan Bateman . As he looks back over his career in law enforcement, he proudly feels that he made a difference by his contributions. One of which, was assisting people in avoiding prison, my guess is he did this through counseling and example. He considers the highlight of his career as attendance at the National Academy which contributed greatly to his professional success. He cherishes the many friends he’s made through the NAA and stays in contact with many of them on a regular basis. Billy and Phyllis continue to live in Columbia, South Carolina and maintain and operate the family farm in Mt. Croghan; the couple also owns and operates a travel agency and has many opportunities to travel the world. In October of 2016, Billy had quadruple by-pass open heart surgery from which he has recovered fully. He feels very strongly that what failures he has experienced in life were of his own mak- ing and his successes are attributed to his faith in and service to God. Addendum: Since drafting this Spotlight, I have learned that the South Carolina legislature enacted legislation to create a Law Enforcement Hall of Fame to be housed at the Criminal Justice Academy. 2017 is the first year for inductees and Billy was nominated and approved to be a member of the inaugural class of seven inductees. Others in the group include: Chief J.P. Strom the long- time Chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division who was a graduate of the 37th Session of the National Academy and served as National President in l964-65; Sheriff I. Bird Parnell , a graduate of the 53rd Session who served as our National President in l981. Both men have long been deceased but, Billy states “I felt so honored to be selected among this group of special leaders and to still be alive to receive this honor; the NA did good in this first class.”

Billy served as Director of Public Safety for the Town of Chester- field South Carolina for one year. For the next sixteen years he worked at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; starting as the Field Training Director and moving positions up to the Academy Director position before retiring December 31, 1999. In l994, the National Academy secured office space at the FBI Academy and employed its first Executive Director, Les Davis a re- tired FBI special agent. One of Les’s first tasks was to select people for the role of Secretary/Treasurer to take care of the day-to-day busi- ness in the respective sections of the Association. Billy was selected to serve for Section III. The four secretary/treasurers were responsible for running the daily operations of their section. They collected annual dues, distributed annual membership cards, and wrote newsletters to each Chapter, as there was no Association Magazine at that time. They maintained their own bank account's to deposit the dues collected and to pay all bills received from their Section representative and other board members. They also played an important role in the Annual Conference preparation as well as provide support for all board meet- ings at the Academy.

The four secre- tary/treasurers served in those positions for a four year term and were then re- appointed to another term with the goal of working them- selves out of a job. This would happen two years later, and it was at the 2001 NA Annual Conference conducted in Char- lotte, NC where they had accomplished their mission and the positions were abol- ished. Recognition for

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their outstanding contributions to the National Academy Associates consisted of a proclamation, engraved NA rings and a gold lifetime membership card.


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