A conversation in the Washington Court House community with police officer Ricky Musser.
Hometown: Wilmington, Ohio
Employment: Police officer with the Washington Court House Police Department. Musser has been working at the WPD for five months. Prior to being offered a position at the police department, he worked for six months at the Ross County Jail. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Wilmington. I also attended Southern State Community College where I obtained my associate’s degree and I’m currently working on my bachelor’s degree at Columbia Southern University for criminal justice.
What brought you to Washington Court House?
My wife is from this town. When I separated from the military I had to kind of pick and choose where I wanted to live, and I had seen the community here and I always liked it, so this is where we came back and resided after I separated from the military.
How long did you serve in the military?
I was in the Marine Corps for four years.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
Spend time with family. That’s pretty much all I do.
You’ve been working at the WPD for five months now. What do you think of the community?
It’s a smaller community. The community backs law enforcement, for the most part I think that’s probably what I enjoy the most.
Has anything surprised you about what you’ve seen so far in your line of work?
Just the amount of overdoses. I’ve heard a lot about them but actually seeing them firsthand.
What is your role as police officer in the community?
Basically to protect and serve and give back to the community. Just do the best job that we can to support everybody else out there in the community.
This article is part of an on-going Record-Herald series, Conversations in Communities, that will focus on bringing local and diverse voices to the front pages. This is the first of several interviews with the newest members of the Washington Police Department. Follow the Record-Herald online at www.recordherald.com and on Twitter @recordherald to see more conversations in the community.