Cassville Police Chief Lonnie McCullough, who has served as the city's top cop for the past seven years and been a member of the police force for 28 years, is trading handcuffs, squad cars and emergency calls for a fishing pole, camping equipment and the chance to take a well-earned trip to Canada.
On Monday, the City of Cassville honored their long-time police chief by hosting a retirement reception in his honor. Family, friends and co-workers gathered at Cassville City Hall for an afternoon of remembrances and well wishes.
At the conclusion of the reception, the Cassville City Council met in regular session and began their council meeting by presenting McCullough with a framed "Essence of Leadership" print and a gold watch.
"This will help you keep time when you're fishing so you know when it's time to come home," joked Mayor Tracy Holle.
The mayor thanked McCullough for his many contributions to the city, the school and the community. She also talked about McCullough's tenure as the city's public education and DARE officer.
"I remember when he would come into the classroom when he was teaching DARE," Holle said. "The kids learned so much. You were their idol."
Holle talked about McCullough's "common sense" approach to law enforcement and his involvement with the public and his attendance at community activities.
"You've done so much for the city and the public," said Holle. "It has been a pleasure to work with you."
After presenting McCullough with his gifts, City Clerk Kelly Paul read the oath of office to the city's new police chief Dana Kammerlohr, who immediately asked her predecessor to borrow his shoes.
"I don't have shoes that big," quipped Kammerlohr, referencing Holle's comment that she had "big shoes to fill" in following McCullough as chief.
Kammerlohr's first official day on the job was Monday, May 18.
On hand for Kammerlohr's swearing-in ceremony were husband, Chip, sister, Chloe Epperly, and niece, Charli Jo Epperly.