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SAN ANGELO – In 1981, Robert Martinez began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the patrol division, before ending up in 2004 as an assistant police chief under two administrations. 

At his retirement ceremony held Friday, October 6 at the McNease Convention Center, Martinez was fondly remembered by Police Chief, Frank Carter, when he started his speech by asking a question.

“What can you say about a man’s contributions to an organization and a community? Can words on a paper do justice with a 15-minute speech, it’s impossible,” said Chief Carter.

A fairly large crowd of family members, among them Martinez’ wife of 36 years, Martha, youngest son, Luke, other family members and a community turned out to wish him well on his retirement after 36 years of public service. 

Carter stated that Martinez was a tireless worker whose work ethic was unsurpassed as he began his day at 4:30 in the morning, but still found time to balance a career and family life.

“Working alongside you all these years has been a blessing, I hope you know how much respect I have for you and the work that you have done for our department.” Robert to say that you will be sorely missed is an understatement.” said Carter as he choked up, trying to keep his composure.

Before the retirement ceremonies concluded, Chief Carter asked Martinez’ youngest son, Luke, to come forward and read a letter from older brother, Austin, to his Dad. 

“I cannot thank you enough for providing the discipline and leadership skills. It pays off, especially in this deployed environment where things may not always go your way,” read Luke.

Austin was unable to attend Friday’s ceremony as he is currently serving in Kuwait as a first sergeant in the United States Army.

Martinez was given on behalf of the City of San Angelo and SAPD the following gifts: a U.S. flag, a police badge, two challenge coins, name plate, brass tags, a plaque that read “In appreciation for 36 years of dedicated service to the San Angelo Police Department,” watch, a certificate of appreciation and a letter of appreciation from the FBI.

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