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Crestline chief retiring By Russ Kent News Journal CRESTLINE Crestline Police Chief Dave Smith insists he's leaving a better department than the one he inherited, but he's not going to quit working to improve it. After eight years in office, Smith has decided to hang up his holster and hat. His final day on the job is March 15. But he plans to keep working on the three goals he established established when he left the Crawford Crawford County Sheriff's Department Department to become police chief Feb. 1, 1994. "My goals were to upgrade our equipment, make sure someone within the depart ment was ready to take over upon my retirement, and to get the pay scale up," he said. "The equipment was in pretty pretty bad shape when I took over. Now it's as good as any in the area. Council's given me almost everything I've asked for." Unfortunately, he says that's the only goal that has been reached. "I've fought with council about the pay scale. I've fought with the mayor. I've explained that it would be cheaper to give my men a raise than to keep training them to work someplace else," he said. Smith says he has 14 officers officers working for him seven are recent hires still on probation and the Crestline police dispatcher with the most experience has been on the job just five months. "Fortunately I have three lieutenants who are very capable of running their shifts," he said. "They're the ones who keep this place going." In the past couple of years, Smith has had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery. He says the medical factors, coupled coupled with his ongoing fight for pay raises, are the reasons reasons he's leaving. Despite the pay issues, Smith said Crestline officials have been great to him. "I don't want to give the Crestline Police Chief Dave Smith is retiring after eight years on the job. (Jason J. MolyeVNews Journal) wrong impression. They've been wonderful. But they seem to be hung up on the pay issue." He said when he's not chief, he'll continue to fight for better benefits and attend council meetings. Upon retirement, Smith will spend a lot of time in his garage and on the golf course. He's been restoring a 1973 Corvette for about 10 years and just purchased a '57 Chevrolet Bel Air to fix up.