Mount Angel police chief retiring in October
Mount Angel Police Chief Mike Healy announced his retirement last week. Healy has been chief of the Mount Angel Police Department since 2010. His last official day is Oct. 5, but he plans to stay on until the city finds his replacement.
"It's just time for me," Healy said of retirement.
Healy came to Mount Angel after working as a police officer and police chief in Stayton and as police chief in Lebanon. He retired in the spring of 2010 from his job as Lebanon police chief.
"I did the retirement thing for six or seven months," Healy said.
The city of Mount Angel asked Healy to come out of retirement for a few months to serve as the police department's interim chief. Healy agreed, not planning to stay longer than the three to five months outlined by the city.
Healy said he agreed to the job because he's always loved Mount Angel. "My parents used to bring me here as a kid," Healy said. "And in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, I worked here during Oktoberfest," he said, referring to his time as a Stayton police officer.
He never intended to stay on as police chief as long as he has. But he agreed to stay on as chief because he meshed well with the community and the city's small police department.
"I bring a different, friendly, open and professional style to police work," Healy said. "People say that I am friendly and easy to relate to, and I like to think that's true."
Healy said in a small city like Mount Angel, friendliness goes a long way. The city's kind residents and its focus on community are what Healy said he loves most about Mount Angel.
"It's a close-knit community. Everybody knows everybody," Healy said.
That always became apparent during the city's annual Oktoberfest, Healy said. "It's neat to see that everybody in the community has some kind of role in Oktoberfest," he said. "It's almost a miracle to watch. People put their heart and soul into it."
Healy said he hopes the next police chief understands the importance of community policing in Mount Angel. "This community will embrace an open, friendly person," Healy said. "Most of the community knows all the police officers by their first name, better than they know their last name. They're very supportive of the police department."
Meanwhile, Healy will be acclimating to his new job: full-time retirement. "I don't do well bored," he said. But he said he has plenty of ways to stay busy. "I have quite a few hobbies. I brew a lot of beer, and do a lot of woodworking. It will be nice to have more time to do more of that."
The city of Mount Angel has posted a job opening for its Chief of Police position. The application is open through Oct. 10, according to the city's website.