By Mary Drier
CARO — An “icon” of the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department retired this week.
As part of his last days of 26 years of service, Detective Sergeant Mike Pine was given a commendation for “meritorious service.”
“He has served the citizens of Tuscola County with compassion and integrity for 26 years with the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Lee Teschendorf. “He will be very hard to replace. When you lose someone in the department who has that number of years of experience, it won’t be easy to do.”
Pine began his career with the department on Aug. 4, 1986, as a corrections officer. He then transferred to the road patrol in 1988. In 1996, he was promoted to road patrol sergeant. He then transferred to a detective position in 2009.
“During his years of service, Mike maintained an excellent work ethic, showed continuing loyalty to both the public he served and those who employed him. Mike has always been consistent with his common sense attitude toward whatever position he served in or task he was assigned to complete,” said Teschendorf. “Mike has earned numerous awards and citations. Among them was office of the year in 2009.”
Actually, numerous awards is an understatement. During his career with the department, Pine earned well over 1,000 honors for his professionalism and dedication to duty.
“It will be difficult to find a replacement with his qualities and abilities. We congratulate Mike on his retirement and wish him and his family continued success and happiness.”
Overall, Pine has 32 years of experience in law enforcement.
“I have had the honor to work for the citizens of Tuscola County where I was born and raised,” said Pine’s letter of resignation. “I leave with a lot of great memories and a few that keep me up some nights, but that is the nature of this business…”
Pine’s last day was Friday.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.