Glovinsky to retire as Huron police chief

HURON Huron police Chief Randy Glovinsky reported to work for the final time Friday, retiring after
May 24, 2010



Huron police Chief Randy Glovinsky reported to work for the final time Friday, retiring after 18 years as Huron's top cop.

Glovinsky's retirement, which has been on the horizon for months, comes shortly after he returned to work from a medical leave that started in February.

"I was initially planning on going later in the year, but then when I had my health problems it made it a lot easier to do it right now," he said.

Glovinsky, 52, joined the Huron Police Department as a part-time officer in 1979 and was hired full-time the next year. He was promoted to chief in 1991.

He said he wants to "just take some time off -- that's the most important thing for me right now."

He notified city manager Andy White of his decision Thursday in a letter.

Glovinsky's retirement leaves openings at the top of both the city's public safety divisions.

Fire Chief Paul Berlin announced his retirement in November, though with his accumulated sick leave, he remains on the payroll through the end of this month.

Huron City Council will appoint an interim police chief, White said.

White has spoken of the two vacancies as a rare chance to reshape the city's safety forces to make them more effective and affordable, perhaps by restructuring the leadership of the divisions.

"These two vacancies will be looked at as attrition opportunities to lower costs of operation," he said.

Glovinsky's salary is about $74,000.

Glovinsky said one of the highlights of his career was helping start the Erie County Drug Task Force in 1989 and keeping the Huron Police Department involved once he became chief.

In his letter to White, he also noted that the department has not been sued in his 18-year tenure.

"I don't believe there is another police department in our area that could make that claim," he wrote.

Council member Phyllis Wassner said when she started working for the city decades ago, the city had a small, "Mayberry-type" police department, which has since developed into a professional, modern force, thanks in part to Glovinsky's leadership.

"He served the city well, and I saw him today and I said, 'I hope you have as much fun in retirement as I am having,'" she said.

Glovinsky said beyond recuperating, he wants to travel with his wife and spend more time with his two children.

"It was a pleasure for me to work here. I felt that we did a very good job of trying to keep (residents) safe," he said. "They're going to be left in good hands."