Police officer looks to retirement

Today is the last day on the job for Officer Gary McClure of Tiffin Police Department.

After 25 years on the job, Officer Gary McClure of Tiffin Police Department says he thinks it’s time to go.

“Everything’s changing,” he said.

Today is McClure’s last working day as he looks to retirement.

McClure said he doesn’t have anything planned for retirement. He said he would do something.

“What that is, I don’t know,” he said.

McClure graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1988, obtained an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Terra State Community College in 1993 and was hired at Tiffin Police Department in April 1994.

Becoming a police officer wasn’t always McClure’s plan.

He said he worked as a draftsman at Atlas Industries while going to school at Terra and realized he didn’t want to be sitting inside a building or an office or out in the factory. Some friends from high school had gone into law enforcement.

McClure said he has been lucky and thinks the department has had a good group of people. They are easy to get along with, he said.

He said he is going to miss some of the calls. But, he won’t miss working holidays and calls in the middle of the night for overtime or search warrants.

McClure said he had enjoyed his career and it had been “interesting.” He said he was as “green” as could be and was naive when he started.

McClure said he thinks the longer one is on the department and the older he or she gets, the more the person would rather talk to people than have to get physical and get into a physical altercation with others.

“You would rather (talk),” he said.

McClure reflected on dealing with a few people who may have been 18 or 19 years old when he first started. Now, they’re doing well, he said.

“Thanks for this,” he recalled them saying.