Captain Amber Richards is completing a robust career with the Marion Police Department after 20 years.
Since her first day on May 19th, 2003, Capt. Richards has grown to supervise Patrol Officers, lead Field Training Officers, and serve on the Crash Investigation Team as well as Honor Guard. Richards was active in leading the Youth Academy each year, MPD’s hiring process, and helped plan numerous community events from the Walkway of Lights Parade and Fourth of July Celebration to National Night Out and the Walk of Hope.
In recent years, Richards was featured in an award-winning first responder recruitment video and short film by Taylor University students, and a Marion rap artist’s music video and film.
Richards is ready to ‘hang the belt up’ and begin a new career as a full-time director of Needham Story Wampner Funeral Home. Since March of 2017, she had been working part-time at NSW, first as an intern, then since November ’18 as a licensed funeral director. “Once I got licensed, it was a life-changer,” said Richards. “I can bring peace and closure while relating to a lot of people I have served in the past, now in a different capacity.”
This week, Richards began her full-time position with Needham Story Wampner. With retiring and working one job instead of two, there will be more time for travel, she said. Her official last day with the City is May 19th, 2023 on which date she will share a thank-you letter.
Richards’ favorite part of her career with MPD was working with and getting to know everyone including all citizens, and she looks forward to continuing the relationships in a different light.
Chief Angela Haley said, “Amber is one of the best people I know. She never defined herself by the rank she held, and was always a person who got the job done. Amber genuinely cares about the people she works with and serves, and no job or task was ever beneath her. I have always valued her counsel, and was lucky to work alongside her.”