After nearly 35 years with the Franklin Township Police Department, Chief Mike Castle announced his retirement at the Feb. 18 trustee meeting.
“It was a hard decision at first,” said Castle. “But it is time to move on. I’ve had a good career.”
Castle has been chief for 25 years.
He was modest describing his service to the residents of Franklin Township. Only after being prompted did he discuss that he has never lost an officer, never had an officer shot and never had to take a life on his watch.
In his resignation letter, which was read aloud, Castle said it was a “career I have loved” and “it was a privilege to serve the people of the community.”
“We are going to hate to see him go,” said Trustee Timothy Guyton.
Castle shared fond memories of his career with the audience and they shared their memories with him.
“You’ve left your footprint,” said Franklin Township resident Robyn Watkins. “It’s been great having you as our police chief,” she continued.
A retirement party is being planned although no date has been set as of yet. Residents will be notified and are welcome to attend.