Retiring Park City sergeant recalls the big events |

Retiring Park City sergeant recalls the big events

It might have been an Olympic athlete Lynn Nagel helped make sure was safe while they were in Park City.

Or it might have been a president.

Nagel, a Park City Police Department sergeant, is preparing to retire on Thursday after having served on the force over an extraordinary 29-year period in Park City. Nagel, who is 59 years old and lives in West Jordan, was a part-time officer between 1983 and 1991, followed by the full-time position since then.

"I liked it. I liked the special events. I liked the people," Nagel said.

He recalled his assignments during the Sundance Film Festival, the summertime arts festival put on by the Kimball Art Center and the Independence Day festivities each year. Ski races and long defunct hot-air balloon festival known as Autumn Aloft were also memorable, he said. Nagel was the venue commander at Deer Valley Resort during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Nagel traveled to other events for training purposes, including the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 2000 and the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001.

Nagel, meanwhile, was the department’s first coordinator of the reserve corps, a role he continued as his retirement neared. He said the reservists are important to the overall Police Department. The best are often hired as full-time officers, he said.

A prepared statement released by the Police Department noted Nagel’s role in the reserve corps, saying that the reservists have allowed Park City to save lots of money in personnel costs. Police Chief Wade Carpenter in the prepared statement said Nagle is a "dedicated supervisor" whose contributions "extend far beyond his professional skills."

Nagel’s retirement is not related to another police officer who recently retired amid an investigation into missing money.

Nagel plans to spend his retirement traveling with his wife, Janet, in Utah and other places in the U.S. He also is finishing the construction of an experimental airplane. He wants to complete the project by the spring and then fly the airplane.

"It’s difficult. You do something for so long, it’s just habit," he said about the retirement and his police career, adding, "This is what I know."

The retirement will be celebrated with friends and coworkers on Thursday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Park Avenue police station.

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