For the past six years, Bond has been chief prosecutor of the DUI Unit where he was a leader and a mentor for team members, whether they were veterans or new arrivals. His knowledge of DUI laws and his thoughtful demeanor made him a valuable asset to the office as well as to victims.
He gave considerable time to teaching cadets of both the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in the areas of DUI laws and what is required for fair and successful prosecutions. He also advised on charging decisions with police, sheriff and the Tennessee Highway Patrol officers.
Bond was a supporter of groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ensuring that their Victim Impact Panels were consistently ordered during the sentencing phase of DUI prosecutions.
“Billy is a living example of how the efforts of one person can truly make a difference in achieving justice and making the community a safer place,” said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. “We will miss him tremendously, both professionally and personally, but wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.”
For Bond, who joined the DA’s office on Oct. 16, 1978, a long, distinguished career was not unusual. His father, W.D. Bond Jr., served in the Memphis Police Department from 1956 to 1982 when he retired as a lieutenant.
“It’s been 40 years, five months and 14 days – but who’s counting?” Bond said Friday. “I think the general public doesn’t fully appreciate the work that is done by this office and the all effort involved to meet the ends of justice. So if you see an assistant district attorney today, tell them thanks.”