Getting to Know Our Union City Chief of Police
I have interviewed a number of people in the past, and a few of them have suggested that I interview the Union City Chief of Police, Darryl McAllister.
Chief Darry McAllister sure had a lot to say, right from when he was growing up till now. He was not shy to speak about his family, how they impacted him and the kind of relationship they had. Looking back over a career that has spanned more than three decades now, the story of why he opted for this line of work touched me.
When he was asked to rewind time and look back on his younger self, he had something sensational to say. In his own words,
“If I would do it all over again, I would do this. If somebody came along, and pushed my rewind button, and took me back to the beginning of the tape… I would push play again.”
Darryl McAllister is a man that has seen a lot of challenges. However, his main challenge still stems on one that would see the development of the community at large. Speaking at length with Police Chief McAllister led me to the conclusion that this was a man who has been able to impact many lives, and is not stopping anytime soon.
He is a wonderful storyteller. I truly enjoyed hearing about his trip to the White House, and his retelling of meeting President Obama.
The importance of keeping quality friends is clear to the police chief. After forming some credible relationships and alliances – most of which have helped shape him into the man he is today – he is surely one to know how important these things are.
One cannot miss the enthusiasm in his voice when he begins to talk about his father. Not neglecting the teachings and lessons he had when growing up has resulted into the embodiment of a desirable work rate that is second to none. Listen to our talk to hear a truly remarkable story behind the picture below of his father’s role in a historic moment while serving in the US Navy.
Of all the achievements he has recorded in close to forty years of service, his choice of greatest achievement ever was humbling. I shouldn’t have been surprised though.
Here was a man who believes that
“It’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years.”
When Police Chief Darryl McAllister is not on duty, he finds passion in two other things – cooking and sharing his knowledge with the younger generation. What I understood from this small chat with the Union City police chief was that if there were two things he cherished the most, they would be “values” and “family.”
On behalf of the entire Union City Police Department, he left us all with the words
“We are here, not just when things are wrong, but when they are right.”