After nearly 37 years Carrollton’s longest working police officer and city employee is leaving the profession and retiring.
A reception honoring his service was held Thursday at Carrollton City Hall.
Assistant Chief Mike Martin was hired as an officer in 1982 and quickly worked his way up the ranks to his current role as assistant chief. When he first started, the city only had about 50,000 residents and about 50 officers.
The department grew quickly, he said. After all the years spent as officer, it’s not just the solved crime cases that comes to mind but the people he’s built relationships with.
“The thing that keeps coming back to me lately is the relationships that I’ve built here,” he said. “Your shift is your team. You remember your teams and the people you’ve worked with and the camaraderie. The most important part is the ability for everybody to work together and accomplish what we need to accomplish. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”
Martin was a big player in the department getting a new building 2017. After leading the project, he said he planned to retire then, but he ended up staying for another two years.
“I wasn’t ready in 2017. I don’t know if I’m ready still, but I just think it’s time,” he said.
Being in the profession for years, Martin has a wealth of knowledge about the ins and outs being an officer. He said the most important thing for anyone wanting to become an officer is to do the right thing.
“It’s a tough job so people should be prepared for that,” Martin said. “What officers do every day is political now. Every traffic stop, every citizen contact could have significant impact on your agency and its reputation. You just have to be very smart, very dedicated and have a lot of integrity.”
Leaving behind the department he’s worked with for so long, Martin said he wants everyone to know how much he has appreciated being able to spend his career here.
He’s not exactly sure of what’s next, but his extra time will more than likely be spent with his wife.
“We can travel and go to places we haven’t gone before. Right now on the front of my agenda is that,” he said. “Maybe a little bit more golf.”