One of the Sherman Police Department’s long-time employees, Officer Jack Melson, retired from the force Friday during a ceremony attended by family and friends.

One of the Sherman Police Department’s long-time employees, Officer Jack Melson, retired from the force Friday during a ceremony attended by family and friends.


It was standing room only in the municipal court room at the Sherman Police Station as people crowded in for the ceremony. Melson, the guest of honor, said he was proud of how long he served and that he is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his life.


"I’m kind of ready to retire," Melson said. "It’s been 32 years."


Melson first introduced members of his family who were in attendance, which included his wife, two of his daughters, his parents, his mother-in-law and his father-in-law. Melson’s daughter, who could not attend the ceremony, sent a video of her and Melson’s grandchildren sending their well wishes.


Assistant Chief Ken Francis gave an overview of Melson’s career in the Sherman PD. Melson came to the department on Aug. 1, 1981. He worked as a patrol officer from the time of his arrival until May 1992. During that time, from Jan. 1990 to May 1992, he served as a field training officer. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in May 1992 and stayed in that division until January 1999. Melson spent the rest of his career as a patrol officer.


Francis presented a retirement badge to Melson and a retirement plaque containing all of the insignia he earned during his service.


When asked to address the attendees, Melson said he was at a loss for words. "It’s been a long, hard ride," he said, which the audience received with laughter.


When asked what he wants to be remembered for, Melson said, "that I was honest and fair, that I took this crazy job seriously, but always had fun and made people laugh."


Attendees had the opportunity to share remarks. Several friends and coworkers shared their fond memories and humorous stories regarding their experiences with Melson. Former Police Chief Tom Watts was among those who offered some words.


"Jack, I’ll never forget you. You’ve been so much fun," Watts said. "But man, we’re going to miss you, brother."


Melson plans to spend the next few years working at Sherman High School as a teacher’s assistant in special education.