Garrett, 54, has three children and five grandchildren that he will be spending more time with during the second chapter of his life.
“If anybody gave up a lot it was them,” Garrett said of his family.
He also plans to spend time gardening, continuing his volunteer work and resuming his love of sketching. He and wife, Betsy Hope, Hamilton Community Foundation vice president of strategic communications, are involved in many Butler County organizations.
Unlike many officers who never have to draw their weapons or shoot in their career, Garrett did. He wounded a man who was holding a screaming woman in a car. The incident, which resulted in the man going to prison, however is not something he dwells on.
“I appreciate every person I have run into. Good or bad, I have tried to treat them fair and they have treated me fair,” Garrett said. “Thanks for enriching my life.”
Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said Garrett’s retirement does leave a dent in the department because of the experience he takes with him. He noted that most recently Garrett has been leading the department in traffic crash analysis.
“He’s very gregarious,” Dickey said. “That personality has served the department well in community outreach.”