BROWNSBURG — At the Board of Police Commissioners meeting here this week, two retiring employees were honored for their combined 54 years of service to the town.
Retiring at the end of this month after 42 years is Mary McGuire, who has worked in various capacities within the Brownsburg Police Department, but most recently in records, and Kathy Polhill, who served as BPD Chief Mike Dove’s secretary and police commission secretary for the last 12 years.
Both received special gifts from the town, commemorating their years of service.
Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz presented both women with a silver “cigar” box and McGuire received a plaque commemorating her years at the department.
Dove said he’s not aware of another employee that put in as many years as McGuire did.
“Talking to other town employees, talking to people that have been around for quite some time, I would think … it would be a hard time to find someone that gave so many years to the town of Brownsburg,” he said.
Dove said McGuire has seen the department change in front of her eyes.
“I want to thank her from the deepest parts of my heart,” he said. “When I was here she was at one time a dispatcher, she’s been a records clerk, she’s put up with a lot of adversarial conditions … She worked in an area probably less than 1,000 square feet for an entire department. We moved over the library with duct tape and rats on the floor, to the facility that we’re in now.
“I lecture a lot of times to the youngest people in our community at the high school and different places that instead of taking the time to Google something … ask somebody that’s been there and talk to people that have actually experienced what we’re trying to talk about. Mary, I can assure you, can attest to the trials and tribulations of this police department over the last several years.”