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Burk Police Chief Retires

Burk Police Chief Mike Tracey reflects on career before retiring.
An almost 30 year career with the Burkburnett Police Department came to an end Thursday.

Chief Mike Tracey's last day was pretty low key.

He packed up his office earlier this week which gave him plenty of time to reflect on his law enforcement career that ended today in retirement.

If a picture is worth a thousand words these photos sum up hundreds of pages that reflect Mike Tracey's years with the Burkburnett Police Department.

"I started out as a patrolman here in 1985.  In 1992 I was assigned to the detective division.  I was the first detective in the history of Burkburnett Police Department," says Tracey.
 
Fifteen years later Tracey received a new title.

"It's a little strange to hear people calling me Chief," Tracey said during an interview in July 2007.

It's a position Tracey says he used to improve the department over the past 6.5 years.

"I've gotten a lot more grants than we've had in the past and we've got newer and better equipment and I'm really proud of that fact," Tracey explains.

And on his last day, pride overflowed inside the Burkburnett Community Center where dozens gathered for his retirement reception.
There were pictures, presents and praise for the retiring chief.

"So I went and met Chief  Tracey and he gave me my very first badge which I have now and I like the department so much that I've become a regular with the Ride Along Program," says Father John Munson, a Burburnett resident.

There were also hugs from well-wishers and tears of joy from his biggest supporter.

"I'm glad he gets to come down and visit me and go fishing now and I'm sure he will be there.  Right son?  That's right," says Dorris Tracey.

Tracey plans to now spend his days traveling and spending more time with family.

But before he could pick up his pole and head to the lake, he had one last duty to perform.

He swore in Lt. Ed Stahr as the new police chief.
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