Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News Tribune Lt. Kevin Scalli will retire Sept. 15 after serving the Oberlin police department since 1990.
Lt. Kevin Scalli, a 25-year veteran of the Oberlin police department, will retire Tuesday, Sept. 15.
“I tried to leave it better then I came in,” Scalli said of the department.
Scalli is responsible for launching the Oberlin bike patrol unit, K-9 unit, honor guard, fitness incentive program, and the school resource officer program.
Most recently, he has served as operations lieutenant and oversaw the juvenile division. He spearheaded Safety Town for 12 years and implemented the juvenile offender diversion program.
“The best time I had was when I was working with the kids,” Scalli said. “That’s what I’ll miss most.”
The juvenile offender initiative was a community service program for first-time offenders, giving them the chance to clean-up parks, playgrounds, or areas around town.
“They would do a one-time community service instead of going to court,” Scalli said. “I tried to make it like a learning experience instead of work.”
Scalli said the program is effective because the minors feel like they’re doing something positive instead of being punished.
It’s one of the main programs he hopes the department keeps alive after his departure.
New police chief Juan Torres said he has heard many people around town say Scalli was very dedicated to his work and will be missed.
Scalli was the coordinator of the 2013 Ohio Police and Fire Games, an active member of the Lorain County Safety Coalition, and spearheaded the Community Crisis Intervention Comprehensive Training for the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.
After retiring, Scalli plans to start working on other projects and his new business, Hoisting Steel Strength Training Club in Amherst. He opened the 24-hour gym earlier this year.
Scalli has been an Amherst firefighter for 15 years and plans to stay on board with the department.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.