Robin Morse Celebrated for 44 Years in Law Enforcement

A large group of folks from public safety and many other walks of life gathered yesterday in the Laurens County Higher Education Center for a Celebration of 44 years of law enforcement, saluting Robin Morse. His wife, Barbara, told of his starting with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in December 13, 1974. Other than 1 ½ year on the Highway Patrol, Morse served a variety of positions with the Sheriff’s Office until he became Police Chief in Laurens in May, 1995. After 17 years, he was hired as Director of Clinton Public Safety, where he oversaw police and fire operations.

Congressman Jeff Duncan yesterday presented Robin Morse with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor, saluting his 44 years of service in law enforcement.

Two former Laurens County Sheriff’s spoke on their experience working with Robin Morse at the Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Chastain spoke of Morse as a mentor. “I can first remember when I first started to work with Sheriff Johnson, the Chief was a Captain with the Sheriff’s Office, then an investigator. My first dealing with him was out at a scene where there was a shooting. Robin was called to come out and investigate it. As a young deputy, seeing Robin out there working, very professional; and I can tell you over his years that has not changed. He’s been a great friend, a mentor, a confidant.”

Ricky Chastain said any law enforcement officer in the state and nation can look to Robin Morse as a model law enforcement officer, someone they can pattern their life after.

Jim Moore spoke of Robin Morse’s ability to look ahead in making improvements in law enforcement. He cited recording incoming phone messages, developing crime scene photos inhouse to improve security of evidence and of pressing for use of computer technology. “Robin was like, decades ahead in his thinking of what was going on. He was so far ahead of the average person, me included, and I thank you for that”

Mary Burch spoke of Robin’s support for her when she became the first female deputy at the Sheriff’s Office in 1984. She said Morse was one of a few who helped her learn what was needed from her as a deputy. “Robin took me under his wings. He really helped me tremendously, because I was scared out of my wits.” Mary Burch also credited Morse for teaching her to use computers in her work with the Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Shiflet, who was Fire Commander for Clinton Public Safety with Robin Morse, said Chief’s leadership helped Clinton firefighters get gear that was needed and was an integral part of Clinton being awarded a lower ISO rating. He said while new to fire protection, Morse became very involved. “We worked together on hundreds of vehicle accidents, fires, other emergencies just things that, normally, people don’t have to deal with, that we had to deal with. And there was one thing I could always count on. Good or bad, he always showed up. He was always there for every call we had.” Shiflet presented Robin Morse with the fire helmet he used during his time with Clinton Public Safety.

Robin Morse said he was humbled by yesterday’s event and thanked everyone, as he reflected on his career. “44 Years, wearing a gun and a badge. I can tell you right now, I enjoyed every single day of it. It was not a job. It was not anything that dreaded getting up and going to work. I dearly loved getting up and going to work each and every day.”

Robin and Barbara have four children and five grandchildren. Daughter and granddaughter, Merial and Braelyn Roberts, sang the National Anthem as a Color Guard from the LDHS NJROT presented the colors. Robin’s brother, Jim, delivered the opening prayer. He’s pastor of Immanuel Christian Fellowship of Clinton.