One of Harnett County’s longest-serving and most respected law enforcement officers was honored at a retirement reception Tuesday at the sheriff’s office in Lillington. His career had spanned more than 30 years.
Former Maj. Jeff Huber is now retired after working at the sheriff’s department since 1988. He held several positions during his career including serving as a member of the sheriff’s special response team, a narcotics agent, a lieutenant, a captain and other positions leading to his final job as major of operations.
Huber was promoted to the position of major by Sheriff Larry Rollins who was at the reception. Huber continued in the position under current Sheriff Wayne Coats who was also in attendance.
Both Rollins and Coats spoke about Huber’s value to Harnett County and his loyalty to the department. Former Sheriff Larry Knott was invited to attend but could not be in attendance because of a medical issue. The late Lewis Rosser was the first sheriff Huber worked for.
“Jeff is one of a kind and Harnett County has been blessed to have him all these years,” Rollins said.
“There is a lot of law enforcement knowledge leaving this department with Jeff,” Coats said. “Throughout his career Jeff has stepped in and did what he needed to do and he will be missed by everyone in this department.”
An emotional Huber, surrounded by his family and a room full of coworkers, said he was proud of his career.
“It was an honor for me to wear the badge of the Harnett County Sheriff’s department all these years,” Huber said.
Huber worked for a total of four sheriffs. He was hired by Rosser, then worked for Knott, Rollins and Coats.
“It was an honor for me to work with each of the four sheriffs I worked for,” Huber said. “They were all great men and they all have a special place in my heart.”
He said he originally came to Harnett County to work for the sheriff’s department.
“I wasn’t from here and when I came here to work for the sheriff’s department I thought it would be a stopping place,” he said. “It is the only place I have worked and now it is home for me and my family. It has been a great experience.”
He said he will remember the people he worked with.
“I worked with a lot of great people,” he said. “The bonds I made here will always be special to me.”
Huber extended his career several months to help Coats in his successful bid to maintain his seat in November’s general election.
“I was a political science major in college so if felt good to use some of that knowledge,” Huber said. “I hope I can help the sheriff when he runs again in a few years.”
Huber was presented with several gifts on his retirement. That included his service weapon along with different badges he wore during his tenure.
The Harnett County Board of Commissioners voted to allow Huber to receive his weapon as part of a recent agenda at a board meeting.
Though Huber is no longer actively working he remains as an auxilliary officer with the sheriff’s office. That means he could be called to duty in the event of an emergency or other area of need.
Several other dignitaries were in attendance at Tuesday’s reception. That included current Assistant District Attorneys Ray Pleasant and Don Harrop. Harnett County’s agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were also in attendance.
Several of Huber’s coworkers spoke at the reception. One of those was Lt. Greg Taylor.
“No one made more of an impact on the Harnett County Sheriff’s department than you did,” Taylor said.