Adrian Daily Telegram: Cambridge Twp. police chief attending State of the Union
CAMBRIDGE TWP. — At a town hall meeting last week with U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, Cambridge Township Police Chief Jeff Paterson said he attended to represent the township and keep up-to-date on governmental issues.
When the meeting ended, Paterson said he mentioned that if Walberg, R-Tipton, needed official representation at any future event, to let him know and he would be happy to serve.
Four hours later, Paterson said, came an unexpected invitation by phone from Walberg’s office to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for tonight, Jan. 30.
“It’s a real honor to represent the township this way,” said Paterson in a telephone interview while en route to the nation’s capital. “I am happy to attend.”
Paterson is a lifelong resident of Lenawee County and a graduate of Tecumseh High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he completed two overseas tours and rose to the rank of sergeant. Following his military service, Paterson spent 29 years with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Cambridge Township Police Department in 2015.
Paterson is sharing the long drive through Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland with Cambridge Township Sgt. Tim Ryan.
Paterson said he is scheduled to be a part of a meet-and-greet session before the presidental address, where he will be in his best white-shirt uniform, sitting in the chambers with Walberg. Paterson said Ryan will accompany Walberg’s wife, Sue, to a separate viewing area.
A visit to the White House also is on the itinerary, Paterson said.
Paterson said his main travel expenses will be covered by Cambridge Township.
It will not be the first time Paterson has seen a U.S. president in person. He was on board the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1980s when then-President Ronald Reagan paid a visit to the carrier.
“I saluted President Reagan as he walked by,” Paterson said.
Walberg said in a statement he appreciate’s Paterson’s dedication to the community and nation through his service.
“Each day, members of law enforcement work long hours and late nights to keep our communities safe,” Walberg said. “These officers, like Chief Paterson, are on the front lines of a host of issues, including combating the opioid epidemic that touches every corner of our state. It is an honor to welcome Chief Paterson to our nation’s capital and recognize someone whose life mission has been to serve and protect.”
This article originally appeared in the January 30 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram.