Thank you, Richard, for your service to our community. I for one, am indebted.
After a 31-year break, corrections officer will go back to being a diesel mechanic
Submitted by Howard Owens on October 10, 2013 - 3:54pm
Usually, a second career is something you do later in life. For Richard Calkins the second career came first and now it's time to go back to his first career.
Today was Calkins worked his final shift as a senior corrections officer in the Genesee County Jail.
"I enjoyed everything that happened, but I'm going back to my original profession," Calkins said. Even though it might be 31 years late, I'm going back to what I originally went to school for."
Calkins is going to become, once again, a diesel mechanic.
After mechanic school in Ohio, Calkins moved to Kentucky to start his career, but family circumstances brought him back to Batavia.
Sgt. Bill Scott and the late Dick Dietzman helped Calkins get his first job with the Sheriff's Office, as a part-time animal control officer. He started Nov. 11, 1982. In 1983, he transferred to the jail and was promoted to senior corrections officer in 1987.
Sheriff Gary Maha praised Calkins in a statement for his dedication to his job and willingness to take on additional tasks, such as contributing to jail renovation and maintaining the jail's records. During his career, Calkins received three commendation awards and a meritorious award for continuous service.
“Senior Correction Officer Calkins has been a valued employee for 30 years with the Sheriff’s Office and everyone here wishes him all the best for his future,” Maha said.
It was a challenge sometimes, Calkins said, dealing with some of the people who come through the jail, but it was also a rewarding job.
"It was something where you always think you could make a difference in somebody's life and you strive to make a difference in people's lives," Calkins said.
He said he couldn't thank enough Scott and Dietzman for opening the door to him for his second career. Now to begin the first.