On Friday the Blue Springs Police Department lost a valuable asset as Detective Troy Pharr retired, but the celebration was worthy of his exemplary career.  Detective Pharr retired from the Police Department after 31 years of dedicated service, and celebrated his retirement among many friends, colleagues and citizens who came to wish him farewell.

On Friday the Blue Springs Police Department lost a valuable asset as Detective Troy Pharr retired, but the celebration was worthy of his exemplary career.  Detective Pharr retired from the Police Department after 31 years of dedicated service, and celebrated his retirement among many friends, colleagues and citizens who came to wish him farewell.  

The ceremony opened up with prayer from Volunteer and Chaplain Doc Golden, and with Troy introducing his supportive family. Mayor Carson Ross presented Troy with a city proclamation, and had to summarize his many “Whereas” to cover them all. Troy received a shadowbox that was extraordinary, displaying several of his badges, patches and a firearm he had carried.  

During the celebration of his accomplishments, several current officers, former officers, retired employees, friends, and family, paid homage to him through humorous stories and spoke about the many attributes that he has brought to the Blue Springs Police Department during his career. Troy was awarded several gifts from the police department and several others in recognition of his retirement.  

Faith Pharr (Troy’s wife) gave a beautiful summary of how Troy first became a police officer and their life of mutual support and love.

Special thanks go to Macie Taylor, sdministrative secretary for the Investigations Unit, and her co-workers, Raquel Stark, Judy Hotmer, Michelle Majors, Laurie Boden, Amber Grice, Tammy Kunkel, and Kerri Welch who helped make it all possible. In spite of the Fall Festival going on outside, I’m glad the police department was able to accommodate the anticipated larger crowd with providing special parking for Troy’s special guests. I did everything to make sure Troy’s day was as close to perfect as possible.

Detective Pharr’s career began in September 1978, as a Reserve Officer with the Blue Springs Police Department. After attending the Kansas City Metropolitan Police Academy, Troy Pharr was sworn in by Chief Howard L. Brown as a full-time officer in September 1979. In 1990 Patrol Officer Troy Pharr was promoted to the rank of Detective. During his work in the Detective Unit, Troy investigated all types of crimes, with emphasis on forgeries, embezzlement, identity thefts, and computer crimes.

Detective Pharr was one of the first in the metropolitan area to become a certified truth verification examiner using the computer voice stress analysis, and was very skilled in its use.  Detective Pharr helped maintain the various weapons used by the police department and supervised firearms qualifications at the shooting range after becoming an Armorer. Detective Pharr was one of the many officers associated with the Blue Springs Police Citizens Police Academy. Detective Pharr also was the photographer who took many pictures for various events here at the police department, giving of his time and taking great photographs.

For the last five years Detective Pharr has been the public information officer for the Blue Springs Police Department. At any time, day or night, Detective Pharr would provide information to the various Metropolitan news stations when a major incident occurred. Troy Pharr took great pride in his job, and he will truly be missed here at the Blue Springs Police Department.