Two of Poteau's longest employed police officers, Rob Seale and Jim Noggle, have retired from the force and will be honored during a farewell gathering at Poteau City Hall Friday.
Rob Seale has been a police officer with Poteau since March 1991. Before Seale began his law enforcement career at Poteau, he attended Northeastern State University in Talequah, studied criminal justice then began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an investigative clerk. Two years later Seale joined the United States Marines and served over 12 years. At the completion of his military career he was ranked as a Chief Warrant Officer second class assigned to the eighth counter intelligence team in North Carolina where he served as a counter-intelligence officer.
When Seale returned to Poteau he worked for District Attorney Ray Edelstein responsible for the Child Support Enforcement Division. Two years later, Seale began his twenty one years of employment with the Poteau Police Department.
Jim Noggle dedicated 28 years to the Poteau Police Department before making the decision to retire. He is a graduated of Southeastern State University, Durant, and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Natural Sciences of Education and an Associates degree in Pre-Dentistry. For several years prior to his employment with the police department, Noggle worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Kerr Foundation.
Both men have received extensive training in law enforcement including training at Quantico and advanced law enforcement certification. Seale also was responsible for teaching many law enforcement reserve officers and full time officers in defensive tactics and the use of radars.
Both men share the same hobbies. Spending time with their families and hunting and fishing.
The public is invited to their retirement party to say goodbye Friday from noon until 2 p.m. at the Poteau City Hall.