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Personality: Glenwood W. Burley

Spotlight on chairman of Richmond Regional Mounted Police & Stable Project

1/4/2019, 6 a.m.
Retired Richmind Patrolman Glenwood W. Burley is dedicated to boosting one of Richmond’s time-honored police traditions — the mounted police ...
Glenwood Burley

Mr. Burley says he worked with seven of the officers whose names are on the memorial.

“Somebody needed to step up to the plate and address these two long-neglected issues in the city,” Mr. Burley says about the police memorial relocation and the stables.

“It was simple,” he says. “I selected excellent committee members, set objectives, set time limits on achievements and then just do it!”

Meet this week’s Personality, community advocate and chair of the Richmond Regional Mounted Police & Stable Project, Glenwood W. Burley:

Occupation: Retired from Richmond Bureau of Police in 1985.

Date and place of birth: Aug. 4 in Amherst County.

Current residence: Richmond’s Stratford Hills community.

Education: Military G.E.D. and Richmond Professional Institute.

Family: Four children and six grandchildren.

Latest No. 1 volunteer effort: Chairman of the Richmond Regional Mounted Police & Stable Project to get a new horse stable for the city’s mounted squad.

When I got involved with horse stables: In the spring of 2017 I created a committee.

Reason: The decades-long need for a new facility.

Current status of stables: Still despicable conditions; still housing horses.

Number of horses housed there: We had four. “Reo” retired just weeks ago, leaving us with three.

Timetable for creation of new stable: Groundbreaking will be in the spring of 2019. I think 18 to 24 months is a realistic timetable for an open house!

How I will feel when work is done: Emotional, proud and, most likely, exhausted!!!

How I expect horses to feel: The horses? Oh, they will know! Getting out of the hellhole they are in now, with the dampness, mold, mucky, grassless lot, and the loud vibrating trains, THEY WILL KNOW.

Number of police horses: In time, eight to 10. The new stable drawings accommodate 12 horses, one stall for each.

Cost of new stables: Facility and training/grazing lots, $1.5 million.

Most important project I have been involved with: Relocating our Police Memorial Statue to Byrd Park.

What I have learned working on such projects: The success with my objectives is selecting individuals that will complement the progress and achievements set forth. Establish good working relationships with the city administration and mayor. Just as important is establishing positive relationships with the print and television media.

Importance of community support/interest: Community support and interest are essential in this endeavor.

How I start the day: Being thankful for my health and the ability that I can contribute to making Richmond a better place.

A perfect day for me is: Having a sense of accomplishment for something that day.

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: I frequent the Pony Pasture on the James River, experiencing the roaring waters to greet the rising sun and witness the beauty of an eagle.

At the top of my to-do list is: Eat proper foods and don’t fall.

A quote that I am inspired by: “To achieve an inner calm, be at peace with thyself.”

Best late-night snack: Pound cake and a swig of milk.

Best thing my parents ever taught me: Be polite, look people in the eye and shake hands.

Person who influenced me the most: My father, Ernest Bentley Burley.

The book that influenced me the most: “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

My next goal: To finish my autobiography, “Death By Silence.”