35-year police veteran, Dep. Chf. Stephen Dorsey, is retiring from the Marion Police Dept. as the new year begins. Dorsey followed in his father’s footsteps to become a police officer in 1986. He worked a couple years on patrol, then joined the Joint Effort Against Narcotics (JEAN) Team, one of four men instrumental in the historic drug raid to battle crack-cocaine in central Marion. While at MPD and under the JEAN Team, he was recruited by the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept. (IMPD) and even worked numerous cases for the FBI. Meanwhile, Dorsey worked up to Sergeant, then Detective working about 13 years in Criminal Investigation. He then became Lt. in Patrol taking over sex offender checks setting up every patrol under that program, then was promoted to Captain, then Deputy Chief. Dorsey served many years as the Public Information Officer for MPD. He simultaneously serves as the Grant County Coroner.
While Dorsey served in various leadership roles, he explained the key is to simply do an outstanding job, communicate well, and do the right thing. The highlight of his career he explained was working with the JEAN Team solving drug cases and as a detective solving homicides.
Although he will continue to serve his other role as Coroner, Dorsey looks forward to not having two full-time jobs, allowing him to relax and be able to do more leisure activities such as traveling. He added that the past two years with the pandemic resulted in many more deaths, and two full-time jobs were becoming challenging.
Police Chief Angela Haley described Dorsey as, “One of the best men I have had the pleasure of working with and a good friend. His counsel has been invaluable. There is a quiet strength about him, and I’ll miss seeing him every day.”
(Left to Right: Dorsey, Haley, Kilgore)
Another MPD veteran of nearly 20 years is also retiring his police badge to become a civilian employee. 1st Class Officer Mark Kilgore first began his career with the Citywide Maintenance Dept. 10 years before becoming a police officer in 2001. Kilgore was encouraged by three veteran officers and decided to take on the challenge. Kilgore expressed passion for working patrol. “Patrol is the backbone of any police department. Without it, it doesn’t work. I thrived on the front lines with the people.” Kilgore served on the Accident Reconstruction Team for about 15 years and as a Field Training Officer for about 11. Since February 2020, he has been working as the Evidence Technician, and will continue to serve in that capacity as a civilian employee.
Haley expressed, “Mark is a kind man with a great sense of humor. Mark has the ability to put people at ease, and I always enjoyed working with Mark when we were in the Patrol Division together. He is retiring as a police officer, but we are lucky to have him continue working with us as a Civilian employee.”
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh stated, “Stephen Dorsey and Mark Kilgore exemplify what it means to be true public servants. Both of these men have dedicated their lives to serving and protecting the citizens of Marion with dignity and compassion. I truly appreciate their tireless efforts and the legacy they leave with the Marion Police Department.”