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Marshfield says goodbye to one chief, hello to another

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Marshfield (WAOW) -- It was a bittersweet day at the Marshfield Police Department. Chief Gary Jepsen has retired.

Almost 32 years to the day that Jepsen walked in to the Marshfield Police department, he's walking out.

“As time goes on you become more and more ready and you set your goals in life, things you want to accomplish while you still can,” said Jepsen.

Jepsen started at the police department in 1982.

“Basically just a kid, young on the police force,” recalled Jepsen.

He worked his way up, becoming the first school liaison officer. Then, he was promoted to detective.

“I've told people over and over again it was the best job I ever had. I loved it, every moment of it," said Jepsen.

Four years ago, Jepsen became chief.

“It's not so much the things that I've done, but the things that I've done with the people around me,” said Jepsen.

But now, he says it's on to the next chapter. One that doesn't necessarily require a badge.

“I'm going to put my hammer to work. I have property on the Mississippi River and it's always been my dream to build my own house,” said Jepsen.

Back in Marshfield, a familiar face will be taking over. Rick Gramza was sworn in as Marshfield's new police chief.

“Trying to ultimately give the community and public the best service possible," said Gramza.

Gramza has been with the department for 17 years. He says he's ready to carry on what Jepsen is leaving behind.

“Our organization is a family and Chief Jepsen has been a father figure to many of us,” said Gramza. “But, we have a job to do, we have to carry on and protect the community that we serve.”

A community saying goodbye to one chief and hello to another.

“I couldn't have asked for more from a city,” said Jepsen.

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