Lt. Dave Mazour of Oregon State Police, a 25-year veteran of the agency who leads its Albany office, will be retiring as of Dec. 1.
“I’ve got some great friendships that I’ve made here, some very top-notch people, not only in this agency, but in other agencies as well,” Mazour said.
“It was fun,” he added. “A lot of people have jobs they’re OK with. I hit it out of the park. I picked the absolute best profession for me.”
But Mazour, 53, is welcoming retirement.
Many of the people he came into contact with during his career weren’t exactly reputable.
“You get a bit jaded on society. I’m hoping that wears off,” he said.
He knows that in some ways, however, he’ll always be a police officer. His heightened awareness to potential danger, for example, won’t be so easy to turn off.
Mazour started as a state trooper on the southern Oregon coast, and worked for five years there before transferring to Albany in 1993.
At Albany, he joined the state police SWAT team before moving full-time to that unit in 1998.
He led the SWAT team from 2000 to 2008, until he went to the state Capital.
Mazour then took command of the Albany office, and has been here for a year-and-a-half.
The various positions have had their unique benefits, such as learning the political process in Salem, or traveling around the state.
One of Mazour’s biggest cases on patrol came in Albany. Two prison escapees from Canada had killed a Royal Canadian officer, were on a robbery spree, and fleeing in the pickup of a man they murdered.
Mazour and other troopers were on the lookout for the vehicle, and captured the suspects after a traffic stop on Interstate 5.
“That’s one of several (prominent incidents),” Mazour said. “We were always involved in something.”
Mazour’s position will be held vacant by Oregon State Police for a few months for budgetary reasons, but he said it will almost certainly be filled.
In the interim, a supervisor from Salem will oversee the Albany office.
The agency has big changes in store in Albany for 2016, when the current office will be destroyed to make way for new Interstate 5 on-ramps and off-ramps.
Oregon State Police will need a new Albany office at that point.
There had been discussions with former Albany police chief Ed Boyd about housing the agency in the city’s new police station — provided that gets constructed.
Regardless, Oregon State Police will have some sort of office in Albany, Mazour said.
“It’s not closing. ... It’s too valuable,” he added.