Robbins Police Chief Robert Tew

Robbins Police Chief Robert Tew with a plaque he received on June 13 from Mayor Lonnie English. (Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot)

Robbins Police Chief Robert Tew has announced his resignation.

His departure was acknowledged at the start of Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. He was presented with a plaque by Mayor Lonnie English, who thanked Tew for his “many loyal and dedicated years of service” to the town.

Tew joined the Robbins Police Department as an officer in 2004. He was named the agency’s chief after his predecessor Jeffrey Sheffield retired in 2016.

In a resignation letter dated June 7, Tew wrote that he will be “going to work for another law enforcement agency.”

“I would like to thank you for all your support for the Police Department and the town,” he wrote. “I wish the Town of Robbins and the employees and especially the Police Department much success in the future.”

The commissioners in attendance all said they will miss Tew, who is the second Robbins official to resign in recent weeks. David Lambert, the town manager, announced his resignation on May 28.

Lambert is also a successor of Sheffield, who was serving as both the town’s police chief and manager when he retired. The Robbins Board of Commissioners asked Sheffield, a longtime law enforcer, to pull double-duty as town manager after George Hayfield resigned from the position in 2012.

Tew’s last day will be July 7. Lambert’s resignation is effective Aug. 9, but he has offered to continue working for the town on an “interim basis” if the manager position is not filled by then and he has not accepted another job.

Additional coverage of Thursday’s meeting of the Robbins Board of Commissioners will be published later on and in Sunday’s issue of the newspaper. 


Jaymie Baxley is a reporter covering crime, public safety and general news for The Pilot. He previously worked at The Robesonian in Robeson County and The Daily Courier in Rutherford County.

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