A retirement party was held to honor Arkansas State Police CDL Examiner Cecil “Dempsie“ Coffman on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:30 at the ASP Driver’s License testing office located on Hob Nob Road in Russellville. Coffman is retiring after 48 years of service with the Arkansas State Police, making him the longest serving employee in state police history. Many coworkers, elected officials, dignitaries, friends and family members attended the event.

Coffman began his career with the Arkansas State Police in 1973 as a trooper and retired as a lieutenant and assistant commander in 2004, serving with the Arkansas State Police for 30 years, six months and 23 days.

Coffman then returned to work with the Arkansas State Police as the CDL Examiner in Russellville in June 2004 and served in the position for 17 years, six months and 30 days.

Upon Coffman’s retirement on December 31, 2021, Coffman will have served ASP for a total of more than 48 years.

During the retirement luncheon, Coffman was presented a citation by Senator Breann Davis and was read a second citation prepared by Arkansas State Representative Joe Cloud, who was unable to attend the event.

Many stories and experiences were shared by others who worked alongside of Coffman and he received various gifts during the event. Coffman was given an Arkansas State flag and an American flag during the presentations as well. The Arkansas State flag that Coffman was presented was the state flag that was flying over Troop J Headquarters his final day of work and the American flag he received was the flag that was flown over the Russellville testing site his last day of work.

In closing, Coffman spoke about the many experiences he learned from over the past 48 years and how others could apply those lessons to their daily lives. He then thanked everyone who attended the retirement event and visited with those in attendance.

River Valley Now congratulates Dempsie Coffman on his retirement and for his dedicated service to the citizens of the River Valley and the state of Arkansas for the past 48 years.

To watch the presentations and to learn more about the life experiences Dempsie Coffman spoke about, click the video below.

The attached photos were also captured during the event.