"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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