Crawford County Sheriff’s Department personnel held a retirement party for one of their own Thursday afternoon.
Capt. Jeff Marvin, administrator for the Crawford County Detention Center, is leaving the sheriff’s department after having back surgery earlier this year.
For years Marvin has been suffering back pain that stems from a childhood injury and what he described as hereditary back problems, he said. He finally "gave in" to having surgery this year, after it became too much, he said.
"I’ve been kind of fighting it for 30 years," Marvin said, adding that even though he was working he had been "really sick" for the past three years.
Marvin was released from the hospital March 22, and was given leave by his doctor for light duties, he said.
But his doctor also told him it would be several years at least before he would be capable of performing the kinds of duties he had as jail administrator, he said. Retirement is his best option for now, he said.
During the retirement party Thursday, Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown presented Marvin with a plaque acknowledging his service to the county. Marvin has been with the CCSD since 2008.
Brown told the group of deputies, county officials and friends attending the party that Marvin "changed the course of the jail" and was "very, very frugal with the county’s dollars."
"He took the county tax dollars and spent them as if they were his own money," Brown said after the plaque ceremony. "When you have an administrator like that, you don’t have to worry about coming in over budget."
Brown added that he was proud of Marvin’s day-to-day management of the jail and its finances.
Marvin has served throughout the county for many years, as both a reserve and full-time law enforcement officer, for seven years as the mayor of Mulberry, two years as deputy coroner and two years as county coroner, and lastly with the CCSD. He had 23 years of actual service in law enforcement, he said.
His cumulative hours with the county allowed him to take the retirement, which he said he will spend landscaping and catching up on household duties that fell to the wayside while he was suffering.
Marvin hated to leave his job at the jail on these terms, and would have stayed "another 20 years" if he had been able, he said.
"You want to leave when your really ready to retire, not when your required to," Marvin said.
Once he is released by his doctor to return to normal duties, Marvin plans to go back to work - possibly even returning to the CCSD, he said.
"Once I get completely back on my feet, I may be back," he said.
In the meantime, Marvin said he will be hard at work doing the two things he is most proud of, being "a husband and a daddy."