Dozens of people converged on Richfield City’s Fire Department Monday to attend an open house for Jim Brown.
Brown is retiring from being a full-time police officer.
“Jim has been an irreplaceable fixture in our department,” said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd. “Whenever there was a problem, we could send in Mr. P.R. … He has a knack for being able to deal with people kindly and fairly.”
Mayor David Ogden also thanked Brown for his years of service as a law enforcement officer — 21 in all. Ogden said Brown’s work as the school resource officer was especially valuable.
“Lots of kids will be willing to come up to police officers because they knew you were fair and cared,” Ogden said.
Brown said he plans to continue working as a reserve officer, but will miss the regular interactions with people his time as a full-time cop gave him.
“Working for Richfield City was a real benefit,” Brown said. “I knew that all I had to do was make one phone call and I could be off as long as I needed and not have to worry.”
Brown said he appreciated the city’s support of him through military deployments and illness.