Grove Police are losing a long-time reservist. Lieutenant Glenn Hobaugh handed in his letter of resignation to Chief Mark Morris on Thursday, April 7.
“He tendered his resignation effective today”, said Morris.
“And just so you know, I’m not very happy about it,” he jokingly said to Hobaugh.
Hobaugh started with Grove PD on September 9, 1979, and has since put in countless hours of volunteering.
“It was common, when I was working evening shift, to see Glenn out of bed at 3 or 4 in the morning assisting Grove Police when he knew we needed help,” said Morris.
“That wasn’t uncommon. That’s how Glenn has been throughout his entire career as a Reserve Police Officer for the city of Grove. That just gives you the kind of character he has. He is always more than willing to help. He’s always been available. A big part of his heart is vested here in the police department and I think it has been since he got here,” said Morris.
“His resignation letter indicates he is going to resign, however, and we completely hope he does this. He said he is still going to be around the station and do ride alongs and we hope he does that. He has been a huge part of the department for so many years,” said Morris.
Reserve Officers put in 120 hours in the academy to become reservists when Hobaugh started. Now they must put in over 200 hours. The volunteers have the same powers as police up to 120 hours a month. Reserve officers can make arrests and carry guns.