Center Chief of Police Schmitz leaving the crew in blue
He started life driving in pickups, combines and tractors. But his path eventually led him behind the wheel of a police car.
The path that Wayne Schmitz chose is ending after 26 years in law enforcement. Center Chief of Police Schmitz will hand over his badge, keys to the car and gun at the end of August and step through the glorified doors of retirement.
The city will host a retirement party for Schmitz at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Betty Hagel Memorial Civic Center.