Shoemaker announces retirement from Sidney Police



SIDNEY — Patrol Captain and Interim Police Chief William Shoemaker, who has served the city’s police department since 1997, announced his retirement effective Aug. 2, 2023, ending a nearly 26-year public service career. Shoemaker has been one of Sidney’s most dedicated officers throughout his tenured career.

Shoemaker started as a patrol officer in the city of Sidney on July 28, 1997. He has also held the positions of sargeant (2009), patrol captain (2013), and interim chief of police (2022-2023). Shoemaker also served in various special capacities during his tenure, including Tactical Response Team (TRT), bike patrol, honor guard, evidence tech, training officer and detective bureau. He also attended the FBI National Academy.

The Darke County native and graduate of Bluffton University (B.A. in Criminal Justice) lives in Anna with his wife, Sherry. They have two adult children, Rachel and Hannah.

“It has been an honor to serve the City of Sidney for 26 years, including what will be nearly 10 years as captain. Sidney has been our home for nearly four decades. I wish nothing but the best for the city in the future.”

“Throughout Shoemaker’s career, it was clear that he served his community first and dedicated himself to making Sidney safer and more prosperous.” Said City Manager Andrew Bowsher. “A dream doesn’t become a reality from magic or a swish of a wand; it takes hard work, dedication, determination, and grit. It’s clear that Bill has lived this sentiment to its fullest, and we wish him well in what lies beyond his service.”

Shoemaker shared a commitment to physical fitness, which led to the creation of a new fit-for-duty test for the department. Shoemaker worked on several major cases and was named Officer of the year in 2010. In 2022 he stepped up and was promoted to interim chief after Chief Will Ballings’ retirement. This allowed the department to transition smoothly and not skip a beat during what could have been a very tumultuous time.

“We can’t thank him enough for his dedication to the City and, most importantly, to the men and women serving in blue,” said Bowsher.

Shoemaker’s last day will be Feb. 1, 2023, giving him ample time to transition into the next phase of his life as he looks to take on other passions and hobbies.