On April 15, Blue Springs Police Capt. Anthony “Tony” Modrell retired after nearly 39 years of dedicated service with the Blue Springs Police Department.

On April 15, Blue Springs Police Capt. Anthony “Tony” Modrell retired after nearly 39 years of dedicated service with the Blue Springs Police Department.

A retirement celebration was held in the multi-purpose room at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, attended by many family, friends and co-workers. State Rep. Sheila Solon presented a proclamation on behalf of the House of Representatives and state Rep. Jeanie Lauer. Mayor Carson Ross presented a proclamation on behalf of the city thanking Tony for his career of service.

When Tony began his career in Blue Springs on Aug. 7, 1972, as a uniformed patrol officer, the police force consisted of 10 police officers and few civilians. Today the department has 89 sworn police officers and 32 full time civilian employees. In an application letter to the police department in 1972, Tony said he’d like to work for Blue Springs for 40 years, and he very nearly did!

In December 1978, Tony was promoted to the rank of corporal and advanced to sergeant 1981. He continued to excel through the ranks, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1989 and to the rank of captain in 2000.

While most of his early career was spent in the uniformed patrol, as a captain Tony served in three capacities over time, rotating through three different assignments as the commander over Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations and finally the Community and Youth Outreach Bureau. In 2008, Tony was honored by the City Council as the most tenured employee in the history of the city.

Chief Wayne McCoy expressed his thoughts this way: “There is no one who could have been any more loyal to the Blue Springs Police Department or to his community than Tony. He always tried to do the right thing and put the organization first above his own interests. If that meant working many extra, unpaid hours to complete a project, such as he did to help the department become accredited in 2006, then that was what he did. I will miss him.”

Tony’s wife, Brenda, daughter Melissa and son Nicholas all were with him at this retirement celebration. They shared in the stories and accolades that were given to Tony on his special day. Tony plans to have some well-earned leisure time enjoying his family and relaxing. Capt. Tony Modrell will be greatly missed by his many friends and co-workers at the department, and we wish him the best in his retirement.