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February 27, 2011

Sheriff’s Sgt. Slocum honored at retirement party

JEFFERSON — On Monday, Sgt. Scott Slocum will retire officially after 28 years of service with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department.

Colleagues and friends gathered around a cake Wednesday afternoon to congratulate Slocum and reminisce about their years working together.

“He has been dedicated to our department for a number of years. He did his job, and people liked him. He will be missed,” said Sheriff William Johnson.

“I worked side by side with him on the road before I became sheriff. It is hard to lose all that experience and seniority, but I am happy for him that he is able to retire when he decided it was time,” Johnson said.

Slocum, who is originally from Geneva, grew up in Ashtabula and has lived the past 34 years in Conneaut with his wife, Cindy. They have five children.

“I began with this department at midnight Jan. 1, 1975, as an emergency medical technician on the sheriff’s ambulance, which at that time was considered to be SCAD (South Central Ambulance District),” Slocum said.

In 1976, he was transferred as deputy to the uniformed division. He left the Sheriff’s Department in 1978 to work for the Conneaut Police Department for one year. Afterward, he went on hiatus and worked in the private sector until 1987, when he returned to the Sheriff’s Department.

One of the highlights of Slocum’s law-enforcement career is when he became a police-dog handler and worked with Odin.

“Odin worked on the road with Slocum until the dog retired in 1998.

“He worked with me for 10 years. That is a long time for a police dog. The average is five to six years to work on the road,” Slocum said. “Being a K-9 officer handler was near and dear to my heart. There are a lot of memories, good and bad.”

Slocum was also a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics team and, in 2000, was promoted to sergeant.

Slocum transitioned to law enforcement after being an EMT.

“Law enforcement caught my attention at that time and then became something I wanted to do,” he said.

Slocum’s tenure has spanned three different Ashtabula County sheriffs’ careers: Ray Fasula, William Johnston and William Johnson.

“It has obviously been satisfying that I have been able to do whatever I could to clean up the streets of Ashtabula County,” he said. “I had the opportunity to save several lives over the years, and that is extremely rewarding.”

Slocum’s son Michael has followed in his father’s footsteps and is currently a police officer for the Painesville Police Department.

Slocum’s future plans won’t stray too far away, as they will include working in a civilian position in law enforcement.

“I will miss the work and the guys,” he said.

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