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Sergeant Tracy McCarol honored at retirement from CPD

By Linda Waggener

The City of Columbia personnel, Council and the Columbia Police Department hosted an appreciation luncheon for retiring Sergeant Tracy R. McCarol Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018, in the CPD office. He and his wife Melissa were joined by many members who serve in the local law enforcement community.

He grew up in Adair County, graduated from ACHS and has been a first responder his full career. He began working at EMS and stayed there for three years, moving to part time Sheriff's Deputy, then fulltime for eight years in the Sheriff's Office. He has spent the last nine years moving up in the Columbia Police Department from Patrolman to Detective to Sergeant.

Retirement from one area doesn't equal full retirement for Tracy McCarol. He already works fulltime security at TJ Health Columbia and has no plans to change that in the near future. CPD Chief Jason Cross said, "It is hard to replace experience." There are no plans to hire additional police staff at this time.

The City of Columbia employees all wish him the best:

Police Dept - Jason Cross, Kevin Atwood, Josh Brockman, Jamie Cole, Drew Conn, Jada Coomer, Anthony Darnell, Jordan Dean, Johnny Dial, Charles Greer, Jr. Murphy, Gary Roy, and Brad Sholl.

Street Dept - Roger Coffey, Donnie Rowe, and Timothy Smith.

Gas Dept – Stephen Baker, Tiffany Collins, Ronald Cook, Shane Gaskins, and Phillip Stotts.

Garbage Dept - O’Shaughnessy Frazier, Robert Montgomery, Adam Montgomery and Shawn White.

General - Curtis Hardwick, Rhonda Loy, Ann Marie Austin, Chad Myers, Craig Dean, Mark Harris, Pamela Hoots, Craig Lasley, Ronald Rogers, and Linda Waggener.

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City PD and staff honors Sergeant Tracy McCarol at retirement

2018-01-12 - CPD - Photo by Linda Waggener,
CPD Chief Jason Cross presented a gift of appreciation to retiring Sergeant Tracy R. McCarol Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018, when the City staff and Columbia Police Department hosted a luncheon in his honor, 11 Jan, 2018. Many members of the Adair County law enforcement community attended the come and go event. From left are: Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss, Officer Jamie Cole, Sergeant Gary Roy, Chief Jason Cross, Sergeant Tracy McCarol, Officer Drew Conn, Officer Josh Brockman, Mayor Curtis Hardwick and Sergeant Jr. Murphy.

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All got their start under AC Sheriff Ralph Curry

2018-01-13 - Columbia Police Dept - Photo by Linda Waggener,
At Thursday's luncheon honoring retiring Sergeant Tracy McCarol, several gave credit to former Sheriff Ralph Curry who, they said, "helped them get their start in law enforcement in Adair County." From left are CPD Chief Jason Cross, Ralph Curry, Sergeant Tracy McCarol, and Officer Josh Brockman.

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