(PEORIA) WEEK - A decades-long career in public service is coming to an end for Peoria's Assistant Police Chief Michael Mushinsky.
Friday, PPD Chief Loren Marion III announced the former Assistant Chief was retiring after twenty-two years on the force.
Mushinsky began his career with the Peoria Police Department in 1998 after working as a police officer in Park City, Illinois for 2 years.
25 News caught up with him to chat about his career, how it feels to hang up his uniform and some of the changes he's seen over the years; a major one he pointed out - technology.
"You didn't do any reports electronically. Everything you did was hand written reports, Mushinsky recalled. "Technology over the years has gotten to be crazy. You can scan driver's licenses now and everything you do is paperless."
"I just always wanted to work for the Peoria police department. I would do it all over again. Ya know I love the city of Peoria. I've loved being a police officer. I've loved serving my community." Mushinsky said through a smile.
And to the department he shared "I can’t put into words how much I have loved my career with the Peoria Police Department, it’s been my honor to serve with the best Police Officers in the country.”