On March 31, 2017, Lieutenant Myron "Bubba" Wally retired from the Cornelius Police Department after 24 years of service to the Town of Cornelius. During the Cornelius Board of Commissioners Meeting on Monday, April 4, Lieutenant Wally was recognized for his years of service by Chief Hoyle and received his service weapon from Mayor Travis.
A native of North Mecklenburg, Bubba's career with Cornelius began in 1992 in the Electrical Department, back when the Town maintained its own electrical system. Bubba served in this area for several years until one day, then Police Chief Charlie Vanhoy, approached him and encouraged him to become a Police Officer. Bubba decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement, enrolling in Basic Law Enforcement Training at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC. In July of 1994 he graduated from BLET and was sworn in as a part-time police officer with the Town of Cornelius. Bubba would serve in this capacity until April of 1995, when a full-time position became available.
Bubba's early years were spent patrolling the streets of Cornelius as a uniformed patrol officer. While in this capacity he was the first Cornelius officer to receive training in Community Policing and became the department's first Community Police Officer. In 1996, Bubba was selected to become the department's D.A.R.E. officer and began working with the students at Cornelius Elementary, educating them about the dangers of using drugs. Bubba's growth in his career continued as he attained Master Police Officer status in 2000 and would earn an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2001. In May of 2003, Bubba was promoted to Sergeant and continued serving as the department's D.A.R.E. and Community Police Officer. In June of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and over the next 11 plus years, he served throughout the department including Support Services, Patrol, CALEA Accreditation Manager and Communications/911 Center Supervisor.
Outside of the Police Department, Bubba served on many local and regional committees and advisory boards including the Juvenile Justice Reform Committee, Juvenile Dropout Prevention Committee, Safe Schools of Mecklenburg County, Mecklenburg County Drug Abuse Prevention Board, Local All Hazards Committee, McGuire Safety Task Force, Regional Radio Communications Advisory Committee, and the North Carolina Governor's Community Crime Prevention Program.
We thank Lt. Wally for his many loyal years of service to the Town of Cornelius and its residents. We wish him luck as he begins a new chapter in his life.