FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — After greater than 36 years of service with the Fairview Park Police Division, Chief Erich Upperman has introduced his retirement, efficient Oct. 2.
“I’ve spent 36 years engaged on my days off, coming in on trip and dealing double shifts with out sleeping, so I’m able to have a bit of little bit of me time,” mentioned Upperman, 57, a Parma native and 1980 North Olmsted Excessive Faculty graduate.
“Once I analyzed the pre-retirement program they’ve in our pension system, our home is paid off and my son — the final of my three youngsters — was going to be completed with faculty, so I felt it was time.”
Different elements at play for Upperman’s retirement choice contain older members of the family and shut neighbors coping with well being points.
A Fairview Park resident for greater than 34 years, Upperman — married to spouse, Diane, with daughters Alicia, 33, and Ashley, 32, in addition to son, Brett, 22, — joined the Fairview Park Police Division at 21.
On the time, the police chief was informed he was the division’s youngest rent.
“I need to say I’ve loved each stage of my profession, together with 11 years as a patrol officer,” Upperman mentioned. “I used to be a really proactive officer. I didn’t simply sit round ready for a name. I used to be a five-time winner of the MADD OVI awards. I used to be very obsessed with OVIs, or DUIs as they have been known as on the time.
“I wish to suppose that together with my proactivity, I concerned myself in the whole lot I presumably might. I used to be a defensive tactic teacher and a coaching officer. At one level, I turned the animal management officer. I used to be additionally an proof technician and bicycle officer.”
Two years after making the rank of sergeant in 1995, Upperman was appointed lieutenant. Then, in 2013, he was named police chief.
Throughout his tenure main the division, Upperman elevated manpower, upgraded the division’s radio communications and, by grants, added police automobile sprint digital camera methods. He additionally employed 13 officers.
“In my estimation, hiring folks might be one of the necessary jobs of the chief,” Upperman mentioned. “You need to get good folks so that you received’t have points. I did the vetting, interviews and chosen them, however they’ve confirmed themselves to be glorious officers.
“Our guys simply do an amazing job. I really feel good understanding that as I am going into retirement, these good officers are taking up extra obligations themselves and have alternatives for promotion to maintain all the great work of the Fairview Park Police Division going.”
As for retirement, the police chief isn’t a lot of a golfer or fisherman, however that doesn’t imply he doesn’t have a plan.
“I’m hoping my spouse and I will do some little bit of touring, visiting kinfolk,” Upperman mentioned. “I need to get into my outdated routine on the gymnasium. I lately purchased a brand new bike that I can journey on the highway or on trails.
“I additionally need to work on the home — renovate issues that we’ve been desirous to do over time — and perhaps attempt to chill out.”
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