If you've ever entered the front doors of the during workday hours, chances are you've been greeted and assisted by records specialist Andie Rymill.
Rymill is also responsible for preparing and distributing regular reports of police activity that are available for perusal in the lobby and given to local press like The Courier-Herald and Patch.
That will all change as of 4 p.m. today, however, as Rymill starts her much-anticipated retirement after 24 years of service with the department.
Ed Note: The department is for her replacement.
Looking back on her career, she said succinctly: "I've done everything here except be a police officer."
Since 1998, Rymill has served as the department's records specialist. But 24 years ago, she was initially hired as a dispatcher and a parking enforcement officer. Two years later in 1990, Rymill went through the Washington state Corrections Academy and became a corrections officer in the city jail, making her the first armed female member of the police department.
It's a neat distinction, but these days, Rymill's mind is on her post-retirement life on the road with her husband, who this past May retired from the Washington State Patrol after an admirable 26-year career.
"He's 60 - he's done," she said. "I'm done. The children are grown and all live elsewhere and have homes of their own. We're going to be full-time RV-ers, traveling the country and chasing the sun."
Happy Retirement, Ms. Rymill! And thank you from Patch for all of your assistance in this last year and a half!