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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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A Bittersweet Day for Me

After 22 years and 8 months, I have come to my retirement day with the Arizona Department of Corrections. This was a decision that I made about a month ago after some issues at work threatened my ability to continue my employment, so instead I decided to go out on my terms. I'm proud to say that all those years that I've walked the yards, only one time did I ever have to use pepper spray on an inmate, and that was many years ago. I like to believe that my experience and ability to think on my feet kept me and those who worked with me safe from harm. I worked every custodial level from Level 5 (the worst for the worst) down to Level 1, and went home in the same physical condition that I arrived to work. I will be off for two weeks, and then will be back working in an administrative position with ADOC. So as I type this, I am putting on my uniform for the last time, and I think about all those staff I worked with all these years. My proudest moments are when officers came up to me and told me that when they found out they were being reassigned and were going to work with me, their response was "Cool". It doesn't get any better than that.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 09:55 AM
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enjoy "retirement". that's a tough job, I have a couple buddy's who work corrections.

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Congrats on the retirement. It doesn’t necessarily sound like something you had planned or wanted, but it sounds like you are making a wise decision. I know a job change can be bittersweet, especially after such a lengthy time in the position. I wish you luck. Maybe you will get more time to enjoy your car 😁

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Congrats. 20 years in Corrections is one hell of an achievement. Enjoy the retirement it is well earned.

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You got in on your own terms, you retired on your own terms. Doesn't get any better than that! Enjoy and Congrats! Well deserved!
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Congrats Sarge! I bet you have some good stories.

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Congrats Sarge! I bet you have some good stories.
You got that right. I always could see the funny side of stuff going on all my life, and this place was full of them. I'll miss working with the people on the yard, but I'm not going to miss the politics and the BS.
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Congratulations! I can well understand how bittersweet it is.

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Congrats! Any idea what's next for you?

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Congratulations on getting out with your sanity and health intact. Not all of us get the chance to do that. LEO across the street from me retired as a Sargent after his 30 years on the force. He could not take retirement doing nothing and has taken on a job working as an auto insurance claims investigator. Another LEO friend of mine just retired two weeks ago and I am watching to see how he handles it. Right now he is enjoying the time off to go hunting in Alabama.

I'm out on disability, did not get to put in my full pull. I got lucky and had long term disability insurance so I'm surviving.

Keep yourself busy one way or another, helps keep you fit and sane. So far, that is what my car is doing for me, though some of its issues are driving me crazy!

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IMO, corrections is the least appreciated jobs in the LEO realm. I've done a lot of contract work in jails and prisons, and most LEO's I've had the pleasure to talk with said the same thing as you. The work is fine. The politics can be unbearable. Privately run jails were the worst to be in. Everyone seemed to be miserable.
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My 40 year hire date anniversary is next March. 39 years in nuclear security from officer to Director of 230 officers. Did a 2 year stint on integration team for merger and now back supporting former staff I fought hard to put in place before I left. 30+ years with many of them, they are family. Letting them stand on their own will be a defining moment in my life. We are recognized as the best in the industry and Iím fiercely proud of them. My retirement will be many things, bittersweet being one of them. I can relate....
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I embrace change because thats what life is about.

Congrats on a successful career.
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Whats this "retirement" of which you speak? Sigh
Good luck with it


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I'll be off work for the next two weeks. Will spend week one with the grandkids, and then during week two I'll be flying out to Wisconsin to see my Dad, who I haven't seen in 10 years - long story. I will be taking my 16 year old daughter with me to finally meet the grandfather she's never met. After my two weeks are over, I'll be going back to work at the same prison I'm retiring from, but this time in an administrative position. If I manage to hang onto that for 10 years, I'll be pulling another retirement from the state of Arizona! But I know I'm going to be missing the camaraderie of working the yard with a good shift and it's us against everyone else.
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