Changing of the Guard
Chief Michael Garbulski took Assistant Police Chief Dennis Cupp's badge--not because Cupp is leaving the Moberly Police Department--rather, Cupp is taking Garbulski's position as Chief of Police.
Before Cupp was sworn in as the top dog Tuesday, Garbulski had served as chief for 14 years.
July 31 was Garbulski's last day, exactly 30 years after his first day on the job with his department.
"Law enforcement is a very rewarding career and I've loved every... just about every minute of it," said Michael Garbulski, former Chief of Police.
In Chief Garbulski's old office, plaques have been removed, pictures taken down, and all that remains of his are the memories he shared with old colleagues.
"With the new administration, the department will continue to grow, and we will hopefully keep taking it in the direction that Chief Garbulski has done, which is bringing the department out of it's dark ages," said Commander of Support Services Kevin Plamatory.
Next in line was Dennis Cupp.
"It's going to be hard to fill, but I've been his deputy chief for 14 years and there's no greater mentor that I could have than Chief Garbulski," said Cupp, the next Moberly Chief of Police.
"Most importantly, I'm spending time with my wife and my family, my two children, five grandchildren, and I want to be a big part of there lives," said Garbulski.
Garbulski also plans to do a lot of traveling and working on his farm. Now, he'll have plenty of time.