By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
When Texas native Marc Adams started as a police officer in Coos Bay back in 1979, little did he know he would retire as Keizer’s police chief 34 years later.
“Keizer wasn’t even a city when I started,” Adams said with a chuckle last week. “It was a great decision to come here. It was a great opportunity. Man, it went by fast. This is my community now. It’s been a blast. But I’m ready to turn the page.”
Adams, 58, officially retires today, Aug. 30, as the Keizer police chief. He took over the top post at the Keizer Police Department in December 1997. He was roasted and toasted during a party at Keizer Civic Center last Saturday.
Captain Jeff Kuhns is taking over as the interim police chief while former KPD captain and current Dallas police chief John Teague is expected to take over in mid-September.
While plenty has changed since Adams’ rookie year on the beat, he’s enjoyed the ride.
“If I talked today to the Marc of 1979, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Adams said in his trademark Texas drawl. “I would do it all over again. I had a great career, man. I would say get your head out of that flower bed in 1988, when I about got my head blown off.”
Coming from a family of law enforcement officers in Texas, Adams knew the risks inherent with his chosen profession. What no one knew was the location of said profession.
“My plan was I was going to be an officer back in Houston,” Adams said.
Then a funny thing happened: Adams was stationed with the Coast Guard in Oregon. He met wife Donna and, after the couple briefly went back to Texas, they soon returned to Oregon for good.
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