During the Beaufort Rotary Club award luncheon held last Wednesday, May 18th, Corporal John Gobel was honored for his life’s dedication to public service. This coveted award has been given since 1973 in honor of the late Col. Jesse Altman. He was a Beaufort Rotary Club member, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and retired chief of the Beaufort Police Department.
The club chooses a winner from those nominated by local agencies that best represent the Rotary motto: “Service above self.”
Corporal Gobel began his career with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in 1988, after eleven years of service in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, Gobel served in military police billets and as logistics chief, positions that would aptly prepare him for civilian law enforcement.
Over the last 20 years, Corporal Gobel has excelled in all avenues of law enforcement. Establishing himself early on as an aggressive go-getter, Corporal Gobel demonstrated an affinity for investigations. Developing highly effective and uniquely laid-back communication skills, Gobel has become well-known for the positive results of the interviews he conducts.
Attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, Gobel chose to retire from law enforcement in 2006. Even during his retirement, Gobel continued to serve as a Reserve Deputy and as the Master Dive Instructor for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. Unable to resist the draw of law enforcement, Gobel requested permission to rejoin the Sheriff’s Office in 2009.
His experience and talents were the type sought after by all law enforcement agencies, and he was quickly hired and assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Northern Enforcement Investigations.
Corporal Gobel’s efforts have resulted in one of the highest arrest rates in the county and the highest case clearance rate. This effort is emulated by his fellow officers as he often lends his assistance and expertise to his co-workers.
Corporal John Gobel is considered a model deputy and investigator by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. His tireless commitment to resolving cases and apprehending offenders is a credit to the agency and the community he serves.