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Richard Russell

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Police Lt. Richard Russell to retire after 25 years

Public reception is April 30

The Ohio University Police Department is saying goodbye to Lt. Richard Russell, after 25 years of service.

The department will host a retirement party for him on Wednesday, April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Human Resources and Training Center 141/145. Everyone is welcome to stop by to wish him well in his future endeavors.

Russell was hired in 1989 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1992. In 1996, he was elevated to lieutenant. He filled the role as the OUPD's computer person, where he maintained the radio and computer communication systems.

He graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1989 and went on to complete Police Executive Leadership College in 1997. He worked as a firearm and defensive tactics instructor, as well as a field training officer. He also served as a member of multiple committees during his tenure, including the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Continued Technical Advisory Committee.

"Lieutenant Russell has been a knowledgeable and dedicated employee at OUPD," said OUPD Chief Andrew Powers. "He has indicated a desire to work as a reserve officer for the department, so we hope to retain some of his experience for at least a little longer."

Russell said he is looking forward to retirement and plans on golfing, hunting and fishing with his free time. He has many fond memories from his years of service. He said he has many fond memories from his years of service, but a few stick out in his mind.

"I remember during fall move-in I noticed a mother very upset about leaving her daughter at school and being so far away from her, so I spent about an hour talking to her and her daughter before she felt conformable enough to leave her daughter on campus and go home," Russell said. "The nice thing abou this was four years later when mom was here for graduation, she tracked me down and thanked me for the talk we had."

He also remembered when he helped a girl who got separated from her friends during Halloween weekend.

"She had lost her phone and didn't have her friends' phone numbers during her first trip to Athens," Russell said. "I was able to, with the help of others, rejoin her with her friends."

Russell said he is grateful for his time with OUPD and will miss it.

"I will miss the ability to help people," he said. "People contact police departments whenever they need assistance and it's a nice feeling at the end of the day when you're able to make someone's day better."