Press Release

Marion Police Officer Charles O'Haver Retires After 20 Years Share

Jul 21, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Police Offi­cer Charles O’Haver has retired from the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment after ful­fill­ing 20 years of service.

Charles O’Haver grew up in Sweetser, IN, and grad­u­at­ed from Oak Hill High School. After attend­ing Vin­cennes Uni­ver­si­ty, then Ball State Uni­ver­si­ty, O’Haver worked in the land­scap­ing busi­ness. He lat­er applied for and was offered a job as a police offi­cer with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment in 1997.

In addi­tion to his duties as a patrol offi­cer, he served one year as the school liai­son for Mar­i­on High School. He served ten years on the Chap­lain­cy Board, five of them as president.

O’Haver said he real­ly enjoyed his time on the road” as a patrol offi­cer. It was where I want­ed to be. I will miss it. When you do some­thing for 20 years, there will be moments where you miss what you’re used to doing…whether it’s mak­ing someone’s day, or mak­ing someone’s year.”

O’Haver said he’ll also miss see­ing his cowork­ers every morn­ing. Going out, I knew that no mat­ter what hap­pened, they would be there for me. There is a rela­tion­ship and com­radery in law enforce­ment that not every job has.”

Mar­i­on Police Chief Angela Haley said O’Haver will great­ly be missed. He’s one of those offi­cers who if you send to a dis­tur­bance, he will dif­fuse the sit­u­a­tion, get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem, and be very pos­i­tive and personable.”

O’Haver’s last offi­cial day with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment was Thurs­day, July 20th.