In Honor of James Gilbert, President, Fraternal Order of Police Capitol City Lodge No. 9by Representative Patrick J. Tiberi
Posted on 2013-01-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mr. TIBERI. Mr. Speaker, my colleague Congressman Steve Stivers and I
are pleased to congratulate James Gilbert upon the completion of his
service as president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
For the past six years, the citizens of the Greater Columbus area and the law enforcement officers of the Columbus Police Department have received unparalleled service and leadership from Jim Gilbert. His dedication has been illustrated through his many hospital visits to every officer injured in the line of duty and his commitment to personally coaching officers through the emotional process associated with using their weapons in the line of duty.
Jim Gilbert's talents are so well respected that even the most contentious issues between his membership and the city of Columbus have been resolved with no disruption to department operations. His tenure saw no layoffs of personnel in spite of hard economic circumstances. He has often been called upon to aid other officers and/or their families in tragic circumstances and received great praise for his attention to the needs of injured or fallen comrades.
The Fraternal Order of Police will miss Jim Gilbert's presence and influence, but will continue to rely on his continued service as a patrolman in his new assignment. His legacy will remain with the officers he has mentored, and Franklin County residents can rest assured knowing their streets will be under his watch as he returns to his duties as an officer.
We offer our best wishes to Jim Gilbert and his family during this transition in his career.
[[Page E35]] May he enjoy many years of success and happiness as he continues his service protecting our communities in the Columbus area.