Familiar face: Perrysburg Police Chief Richard Gilts

Perrysburg Police Chief Richard Gilts, who is retiring from the department after 33 years of service, is
this week?s familiar face. Gilts, who began his career dispatching and monitoring downtown parking
meters in the city, was attending the police academy when he was hired to the department in August of
1976 and would become an officer the same year. He was promoted to sergeant in 1986 and made lieutenant
in 1992. He recalled that during various periods in his career a downtown restaurant served as the hub
for activity in Perrysburg, officers used to carry revolvers and there were some rare occasions when
only one officer patrolled the city. A reception was held Friday in his honor at the Carranor Hunt
& Polo Club.
(Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)Perrysburg Police Chief Richard Gilts, who is retiring from the
department after 33 years of service, is this week?s familiar face. Gilts, who began his career
dispatching and monitoring downtown parking meters in the city, was attending the police academy when he
was hired to the department in August of 1976 and would become an officer the same year. He was promoted
to sergeant in 1986 and made lieutenant in 1992. He recalled that during various periods in his career a
downtown restaurant served as the hub for activity in Perrysburg, officers used to carry revolvers and
there were some rare occasions when only one officer patrolled the city. A reception was held Friday in
his honor at the Carranor Hunt & Polo Club.
(Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)