LAGRANGE — After taking an oath to uphold the law and protect residents in the small village in southern Lorain County for 32 years, Police Chief Daniel Moore finished his last day in the office around 1 p.m. Friday.
At the end of his shift, Moore, 63, turned over his police vehicle, badge and weapon.
A fellow officer gave him a ride home.
Reflecting on his career Friday night, Moore, who is the only person in his family to pursue law enforcement, admitted he was never nervous when it came time to engage in potential dangerous situations.
“I was in training, then schooling and then we did ride-along programs,” he said, adding the academy prepared him well for real-life circumstances.
Leaving behind a 32-year career in law enforcement may prove to be difficult for some. But for Moore, separating his job from home-life has always been easy.
“I left work at work,” Moore said.
Yet for someone who lived in the community for which he served, he will always be considered “Chief.”
“I have always been with LaGrange,” he said. “It’s been a great job. We have a great community.”
Moore was hired by the LaGrange Police Department as an auxiliary officer in early 1975.
“I was a volunteer first and then I decided to go to the academy to see about full-time employment (options),” Moore said.
According to the LaGrange Police Department website, Moore attended the police academy and upon being commissioned by the state of Ohio, he was hired as a special part-time officer in mid-1979.
By August 1981, he was promoted to full-time police officer and later in the same year, he was promoted to sergeant.
From May 1982 until January 1994, Moore served as lieutenant. In 1994, he was named captain.
And then, in 1995, he was promoted to the final rank of chief-of-police.
LaGrange Mayor Kim Strauss worked with Moore for 13 years.
Strauss said Moore was instrumental in reestablishing the Safety Town program within the community in 2008.
The program has grown each year, Strauss said.
“This year, I handed out 56 diplomas (at the Safety Town graduation ceremony),” the mayor said.
Moore, who has worked under three LaGrange mayors, said he retired from chief-of-police on his own terms.
“I’m ready,” he said. “It’s time to catch up on work at home, and go hunting and fishing.”
Strauss said Moore’s replacement will be announced on Oct. 1.
“I think we have some very capable candidates (for chief),” Strauss said.
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