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Q & A with the chief

Which was your favorite unit to work in?

I have to say the warrants unit, because I got to work right out in the field even though I was a supervisor. I went out with the investigators and it was my first exposure to working side by side with people from other agencies and using resources that they had. For instance, I could call an agency in Georgia and ask them to look for a guy, but it was even better to have the U.S. Marshall’s call their own counterparts in Georgia and ask them to check [his] address. Being able to have that cooperation and interaction was probably the most satisfying.

Why did you ultimately decide to take the job in DeWitt?

At that time, I had been in the department for 24 years and I was at the rank of captain, and [to get] beyond the rank of captain, I wouldn’t have to take a civil service exam anymore, I would have to be appointed by the sheriff. I wanted to continue my career, but I thought I had hit the ceiling, so to speak, so I decided to look for positions as a chief of police. I interviewed with three agencies and was offered the position in DeWitt, and subsequently retired from the sheriff’s office because of that.

How would you describe your experience as the DeWitt Police Chief?

It’s been terrific. I couldn’t have asked for anything more as far as support from the town board goes – I report to a police commission every month and it’s been a tremendous experience, not only from [working with] the other police officers, but from the outpouring support and the interactions with the people who live in DeWitt.

What’s the most important thing you learned during your time as chief?

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