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Traverse City Police Captain Retires After 25 Years of Service

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A long-time Traverse City Police Officer is turning in his badge after more than two decades on the job.

Friday is the last day for Police Captain Jim Bussell, who has worked for the Traverse City Police Department for the last 25 years.

He started as a road patrol officer, and finishes his career as Captain of the Investigative Services Division. “You think about the things you do routinely every day. The meetings and briefings and the people you see. Realizing that’s going to end. I think I’ll miss that the most. A lot of good friends… over the 25 years,” Capt. Bussell says.

As for the best part of the job? “I don’t think I could boil it down to one thing. I think the relationships that I’ve made over the years with the people I’ve worked with and citizens in the community…. That’s been the most rewarding part,” he says.

Bussell will keep busy: he and his wife are building a house not far from Traverse City, and he’ll be running a local gym. But the most important thing, he says, is being a full time grandpa to a new granddaughter – with another one on the way.