HOMETOWN HEROES: Family is first for Columbia City detective

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.COLUMBIA CITY — While many police officers are consumed and captivated by their careers, that’s not the case for Chip Stephenson.Columbia City Police Department’s detective said one thing has taken precedence over all others.“My family has always been my priority,” Stephenson said.So important, in fact, that he has no goal of furthering his position in career until his children are out of school.“I am committed to trying to make all of their athletic events and being involved in my family,” 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.“I worked at a coffee shop in Fort Wayne right out of high school,” Stephenson said. “I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to go to college for.”After the coffee shop relocated, Stephenson began to look into a more stable career.To read the rest of this story, see the June 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.