Winchester, Va. - Allen Barley joined the Winchester police department in the February of 1957 and never looked back.
"I used to tell people that he was employed before I was born,” joked Lenny Millholland, former Sheriff to the City of Winchester, and who was hired to the police force by Barley. “Well, it wasn't shortly after that."
Barley worked his way up through the ranks, and became Police Chief in August of 1980.
"I’m proud of that department. Always have been and probably always will be,” Millholland said. “But the reason why is because of Allen Barley. If you put a picture of a chief up there, Allan would probably be the poster child for a good chief."
"He was such a dedicated person,” said former Mayor of Winchester, Charles Zuckerman. “I mean when he was on that force that was his job."
He served as chief for 16 years before retiring, but even after leaving the police force. Barley didn't stop fighting crime. He was a founding member of the Crime Solvers community program that pays off anonymous tipsters when they assist in cases, and Barley served on the board until his death.
"Even after he retired he still stayed active in everything,” said Jim Pearce, President of Crime Solvers. “He was still on the Crimes Solvers board, still on the F.O.P. [Fraternal Order of Police], he was involved with The Lions. He helped Crime Solvers every year, raising money for our annual fundraiser to help pay out anonymous tipsters. He was instrumental in selling at least 30 to 40 tickets to every fundraiser we had."
And when he wasn't fighting crime, Barley was still active in the community, lending a helping hand to friends anyway he could.
In remembering Barley’s involvement with the local flea market, Zuckerman said, "It was so much fun - everybody brought stuff that they wanted to get rid of - cause that's what a flea market's about. And Allan was right there helping us set up, helping us sell.”
Zuckerman turned to his wife, Jenny.
“That was fun wasn't it," he said.
“Yes, it sure was,” she added, with a laugh.
Barley served the City of Winchester in the Police Department for a total of 40 years before retiring.
He was 80 years old when he died at Winchester Medical Center on December 28, 2013.