Finch calls it quits after 18 years
By 01/04/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - After 18 years of service to the city, Police Investigator Sue Finch is calling it quits.
'We appreciate you as an employee,' said Mayor Jimmie Birdwell after presenting a plaque to Finch during a council meeting on Dec. 18. 'I hope you enjoy your retirement.'
'Thanks to Sue for her service,' said Council Member Fred Pontley later in the same meeting. 'I enjoyed working with her and I learned a lot.'
Finch started as a police dispatcher in 1982 and was later promoted to investigator. She said being able to help people was the highlight of her job.
'I enjoyed the kids,' Finch said. 'Getting help for people that really need it. Working with the victims.'
Chief of Police Jeff Cottongame says Finch deserves some relaxation, but the department will miss her contributions. 'She's been a good, loyal employee,' he remarked. 'I've been here 19 years, she's been here 18. We've been together all along. It's going to be hard to let her go.'
Finch was one of two retiring employees honored at a reception at City Hall on Friday, Dec. 29.
Ellis County Press Publisher Charles Hatfield razzed Finch about a photograph he had taken of her. 'The highlight of her career was getting her picture taken kicking a suspect,' he joked.
Finch responded, 'They wanted to run my picture, and I said, ‘Not in Hatfield's paper!'' The two laughed together over the incident in which suspects shot at a police car then ran away.
'She was standing over the suspect, guarding him,' Hatfield recalled, 'Everybody was moving fast, and I shot the picture. It came out looking like she was kicking the suspect.'
Finch said she plans eventually to move to the Palestine area. 'I have a friend down there,' she said. 'But I'll be in and out.'
Many well wishers, including some city council members and other city officials, attended Friday's reception.
'It's going to be hard to fill her shoes,' Cottongame said. 'She's a sweet woman.'