Thirty-year veteran deputy comes to Point Roberts


By Meg Olson

Veteran Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy Tom McCarthy has relocated to Point Roberts, bringing the number of resident deputies back up to two.

McCarthy officially started his duties on the Point June 1, but he and his daughter moved to the community a month earlier, after selling their Lynden home.

After 26 years with Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, 14 of those as a detective, McCarthy said he wondered, “What had I done?” when he was approached to take on the resident deputy position in Point Roberts. After visiting the community he changed his mind.

“We did our research, came up and looked around. I thought maybe change would be good,” he said. “I would not have come up if Breakers was still open.” Having served in Point Roberts from 1989 to 1990, he remembers the wild years when the landmark nightclub at the foot of Gulf Road was “rockin’ the Point.”

McCarthy has committed to serve in Point Roberts for 18 months. This September he will have had a 30-year career in law enforcement, and retirement might be an option.

When it comes to policing the Point, McCarthy said he is “not young and full of vinegar” and is taking the time to figure out community priorities. “I hear a lot of complaints about traffic issues and speeding vehicles,” he said.

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