At the Oct. 10 Homewood board meeting, trustees honored Richard “Rick” Sewell, retiring after more than 25 years in law enforcement, including 18 years with the Homewood Police Department.
Trustees approved a resolution honoring Sewell for his service, which included stints as of tactical officer, detective, juvenile specialist, evidence technician, range officer, field training commander and deputy police chief.
Police Chief Denise McGrath introduced Sewell, noting that he and his wife were soon to be first-time grandparents and planned to relocate. She thanked him for his service.
“We’re going to miss you and best of luck in your future endeavors,” she said.
“Thank you, chief. I appreciate all that you’ve done for me,” he said. He also thanked former Homewood Police Chief Bill Alcott, who was in the audience.
“Bill, you’ve been instrumental in my whole career,” he said.
Sewell also credited his wife, Marcy, for making his achievements possible.
“When you do this job, you miss out on a lot birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings, dance recitals. I couldn’t do it all without my wife. She’s the rock,” he said.
He added that he had enjoyed serving the people of Homewood and was grateful for his colleagues.
“That’s your future,” he said, gesturing to police officers in the audience. “You keep this village going. Thank you for being there for me.”