Chip Stephenson has been a detective with Columbia Cityâ€™s police department since 2006. Pictured above, Stephenson responds to a fire call at an apartment complex. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many police officers are consumed and captivated by their careers, thatâ€™s not the case for Chip Stephenson.
Columbia City Police Departmentâ€™s detective said one thing has taken precedence over all others.
â€śMy family has always been my priority,â€ť Stephenson said.
So important, in fact, that he has no goal of furthering his position in career until his children are out of school.
â€śI am committed to trying to make all of their athletic events and being involved in my family,â€ť Stephenson said.
Stephenson has a son, Thomas and a daughter, Megan. Thomas, a freshman, is heavily involved in football and Megan, seventh grade, is a cheerleader.
After graduating from Columbia City High School, Stephenson married his high school sweetheart, Jenny, in 1996, but was undecided on his career.
â€śI worked at a coffee shop in Fort Wayne right out of high school,â€ť Stephenson said. â€śI didnâ€™t have a clue what I wanted to go to college for.â€ť
After the coffee shop relocated, Stephenson began to look into a more stable career.
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