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Powers retires after 21 years with the city

By Becky Barnes

If Ptl. David Powers had but one regret with his law enforcement career, it would be that he didn’t begin it soon enough.

Powers, 55, will be retiring from the Cynthiana Police Department this week. Thursday will be his last day.

He said the hiring process wasn’t nearly as restrictive when he began in July 1989. Chief Robert Barkley put him on duty as an auxiliary police officer for a year.

“He did that to see if you could do the job,” Powers said, naming off a number of his comrades who were hired in the same manner.

Officer candidates today have a much more rigorous hiring practice.

During his tenure with the police department, Powers served under six chiefs: Barkley, Gran Spicer, David McGuffin, Tony Frazier, Steve Muntz and the current Chief Ray Johnson.

Powers also served under Chief Terry Stinson with the Cynthiana Fire Department during a five-year transfer. He said he pursued the transfer believing he would have more time for his farming.

“I thought it would be a nice change,” Powers admitted. “But, I was the worst fireman they ever hired. It was hard work... probably the hardest work I’ve ever done.”

Powers served with the fire department from November 1997 to August 2002 at which time he returned to the police department.


For the complete story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.