By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications
Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series recognizing Finney County employees who retired in 2017.
Jerry Quint, 56, retired in August after 26 years with the Finney County Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant on road patrol. He said his goal was to retire younger than 65.
“The older I got, the more I was liking it,” he said with a grin.
Quint, a Holcomb resident and member of the Holcomb City Council, started as a jail deputy in 1991, then became a road patrol supervisor and sergeant in 1999. He said he enjoyed the variety involved in law enforcement.
“It was never just one single thing. I liked working accidents. I went to several different classes and became an accident reconstructionist. I like a lot of the people I worked with. It was a good atmosphere. I always wanted to be in law enforcement,” he said.
Quint also served in the U.S. Army from 1980-84, and then went into the Army reserves and retired 2003. He doesn’t have specific plans for retirement but is looking forward to having more free time.
“I had a camper, but I bought a bigger camper. I bought a different pickup. I’ll spend more time with the kids. Daughter’s in dance, and wife still works, so just hunting and fishing. Taking it easy,” he said.
Eventually, Quint said he may take a part time job doing something if he has a mind to, but he doesn’t want to work nights, weekends or holidays anymore. Quint said he didn’t want to have to continue working until he got sick or physically couldn’t do it anymore. He wanted to be able to enjoy retirement.
“I felt it was my time,” he said. “And being on the road, it’s kind of a young man’s job. Years of running combat boots and doing things, it takes a toll. You’re not as fast as you used to be. But yeah, it was worth it. Don’t know if I could do it all over again, but it was fun while it lasted.”
Quint and his wife Sharon have three children ranging in age from middle school to just starting college. He would recommend government or public service as a career and said it’s one of the few places that offers men and women equal pay and good benefits.
“You’re not going to get rich go into public service but if you enjoy helping people than it’s a good career. It’s worth it,” he said.