After 25 years of service to his department and a lifetime of service to his community and country, Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin will retire at the end of August.
Marklin joined the Marines in 1972 shortly after graduating from Todd County Central High School and fought in the Vietnam War. After getting out of the military in 1976, he was hired by then Sheriff Robert Miller as his only paid deputy when the department was still located on the square. They soon moved to the current location in the Todd County Courthouse.
Chief Marklin spent a good portion of the 1980's working with the State Park service, including time as a Park Ranger at Pennyrile Forest Resort State Park, before joining the Elkton Police Department July 1, 1988.
He continued the DARE drug prevention program in Todd County, even after funding was cut, thanks to cooperation between the city and school system. Chief Marklin says administering the program is one of the things he's most proud of in his career.
Chief Marklin says he doesn't know what the next step in his career will be, but he'll take a little time off to think about it.
As many people say heading into retirement, Chief Marklin says he has a variety of emotions as the day approaches.
Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp says they have already begun talking to candidates whose applications were already on file at the Police Department, but that no permanent or interim replacement has been chosen yet.