MEDINA — When Bob Starcher graduated from Ohio State University, he didn’t expect to become a police officer.
With a degree in business administration, he spent a half-dozen years in retail management.
But one day he saw an ad in a newspaper announcing that the Medina Police Department was hiring.
“The police was something I thought I’d be good at,” he said. “So I gave it a shot.”
He hit his target — he was sworn in Oct. 31, 1983.
He was promoted to sergeant and rose to lieutenant in 1997.
After serving the city for nearly 30 years — Halloween would have marked his anniversary — Starcher, 57, is retiring May 1.
“I’ve been praying on it and thinking about it for a while, and I’ve talked to my wife about it,” Starcher said. “I just think it’s time.”
He said he could have retired after 25 years but didn’t think it was time.
“I’ve been around for four mayors and four chiefs,” he said. “It’s been an honor to serve under them.”
Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said Starcher will be missed.
“He put in almost 30 years, he’s got lots of friends and he’s well respected in the department,” he said. “His leaving will be a void.”
Starcher will be the last person to hold this lieutenant position, which is one of two at the department. City Council voted Monday to abolish the position at the request of Berarducci. Two sergeant positions will be added instead.
Berarducci wished Starcher the best of luck in his retirement.
“Hopefully, he’ll enjoy his retirement and he and his wife will look forward to the years ahead,” Berarducci said.
Starcher said he has no solid plans for retirement, but he hopes to spend more time with his wife of 20 years, Chris. He also wants to become more involved with his church, Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike, Montville Township.
Starcher has a daughter, Melissa, who is a nurse in Washington, D.C.
Starcher said he is proud of his time with the department and that he knows it will carry on fine without him.
“I think the citizens of Medina can rest assured knowing they have the officers they do,” he said. “The same things happen in Medina as in other cities, but no one has to worry about it here.”
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.