Thursday, June 7, 2007
Byhalia chief resigns
By SUE WATSON
Mike Novay, police chief of the Town of Byhalia, has resigned his post to spend more time with family.
Novay said after 35 years public service, much of it consisting of overlapping of a full-time and part-time position, he is ready to retire.
“I’m looking at chores and the house I’ve neglected and my grandbaby,” he said Thursday.
His resignation wasn’t received by the board of alderman until after presstime Tuesday this week.
“Public service is quite demanding,” he said. “With full-time work at the Memphis Fire Department and part-time at the sheriff’s department, most of the time, I’ve collectively worked over 40 years.”
Novay began a career in public service with the Memphis Fire Department in 1973 where he retired after 25 years.
He moved to the Cayce community in 1979 and helped J.W. and Virginia Armour form the volunteer fire department there and also served some time as fire chief. During that time a new fire station was built.
Novay undertook full-time work with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department under sheriff Osborne Bell, beginning in 1981, and worked under interim sheriff Parker Bell and under Bobby Joe Adkins, who finished out Bell’s term. He continued under sheriffs Jimmye Dale Green and Ernest Cunningham between 1989-94.
He served one year as investigator at the Byhalia Police Department, then worked in the private sector for a while and retired from the Memphis Fire Department in 1998.
Novay worked in the private sector from then until February 2001 when he came on as assistant chief of police at Byhalia and was promoted to chief in October 2001.
“I’ve chosen to retire; I’ve put in enough years to retire twice,” Novay said. “It’s time to stop and smell the roses and spend time with family. I played my best round of golf in 25 years Wednesday, with nothing on my mind.”
Novay is a member of the Byhalia Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.
“It’s been a long journey – too long,” he said. “I’m with Mom and the grandkids right now.”
Novay is a father of three - a daughter who lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. and two sons who live in the Memphis area. He is grandfather to four.
He looks back with no regrets.
“I appreciate serving the good people who made good progress in Byhalia,” he said. “I’m proud of it.”
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