Tom Casady announces retirement after decades of service to Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Casady began his law enforcement career with the Lincoln Police Department in 1974.

In 1987, Casady left the department to serve as Chief Deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Casady became the Lancaster County Sheriff in 1991.

In 1994, Mayor Mike Johanns appointed Casady as Chief of Police for Lincoln. Casady remained in that role until 2011.

According to the City of Lincoln’s website, Casady was instrumental in reshaping the way the Lincoln Police Department investigates domestic violence, domestic abuse and neglect cases. Protecting the victims is a top priority for him. The department offers a Victim/Witness Unit and full-time investigator assigned as a Domestic Violence Coordinator.

He also led the police department as they went to a community model -- which has resulted in a number of substations around town.

"Lincoln grew to a point where they needed police stations in remore locations and that's when we development our first (substation) at 27th and Holdrege," says Casady.

Casady has some advice for all of the men and women who put on a uniform to serve the public safety needs of Lincoln today.

"Take joy away from the little things that happen," he says. "Big things will happen every now and then where you really have a big impact. But it's the little things that happen every day, several times a day, that I think people need to dwell on."

In 2011, Casady was appointed Public Safety Director by Mayor Beutler.

After talking to Beutler early Tuesday, Casady tweeted to the public, “Dear Mayor: I'm retiring. My last day at work will be March 13. We've done some good things. It's been fun.”

Beutler released the following statement on the matter:

"On behalf of the entire community, I want to thank Tom Casady for his 45-year career in public service. His leadership, hard work, integrity and comprehensive approach to public safety have helped to strengthen our community and keep our crime rate low. Tom has earned an excellent reputation among his peers across the country, and his expertise in using technology to improve public safety has made Lincoln a national leader in that area. His positive impact on our City will continue to be felt for many years.”

Casady is the highest earning employee for the City of Lincoln, making $170,109 annually, according to the city.