Worthen reflects on 27 years with the police department
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Metropolis Police Chief Mike Worthen is all smiles as Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel presents him a gold retirement watch Friday. Worthen has served 27 years with the Metropolis Police Department, the last 10 as chief. He officially retires Friday. Retired Illinois State Police District 22 Commander Capt. Harry Masse has been appointed to the position.
— Planet photo by Michele Longworth
Metropolis Police Chief Mike Worthen is all smiles as Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel presents him a gold retirement watch Friday. Worthen has served 27 years with the Metropolis Police Department, the last 10 as chief. He officially retires Friday. Retired Illinois State Police District 22 Commander Capt. Harry Masse has been appointed to the position. — Planet photo by Michele Longworth
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With the close of business on Friday, Metropolis Police Chief Mike Worthen will officially close the books on a chapter of his life that's allowed him to see a number of changes in his hometown.

"It's gone by fast, I'll say that," Worthen said Tuesday as he reflected on the past 27 years. "It has really gone by fast."

Born and raised in Metropolis, childhood dreams for Worthen never included being its police chief. In fact, growing up, he was undecided about what he wanted to be.

At 16, he entered his first career — radio broadcasting. Working as a disc jockey/announcer for radio stations covering southern Illinois and western Kentucky put Worthen in the position to connect with a number of people in different professions. One of those was Bob Griffey, who at the time was Metropolis Police chief.

"I had tested for the police department in the early '80s and made the eligible list. When I came back to work here in radio, (Griffey) encouraged me to test again," Worthen said.

And with his family starting, the timing was right.

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