For over forty years, Al Goodrich has been a part of policing in the Ovid and Elsie communities. Wednesday, December 29, 2021 will be Chief Al Goodrich’s last day of service to the City of Ovid.
Al graduated from Ovid-Elsie in 1975. He and two other locals, Tom Skinner and Gary Bensinger graduated from the Flint Police Academy on April 30, 1978.
Al was hired as a part-time patrolman in 1980 by both the Village of Elsie and Ovid. In 1982 he became the Chief of Police in Elsie serving that community until 1985. He then worked at the Clinton County jail for the next three years. He rejoined the Village of Ovid police department in 1988 as a patrolman, advancing to sergeant for the next 20 years serving under three Chiefs. He was promoted to Chief in 2012 following the retirement of Phil Cooley.
Goodrich currently serves as Captain of the Clinton County Mounted Division. He also served on the Ovid-Middlebury Fire & Ambulance Departments for over 20 years.
“I have enjoyed working with and for the communities of Ovid and Elsie. Age has taken over and it’s time for me to switch gears. Forty three years sure went by fast,” explained the Chief. He and his wife Corrie live in rural Ovid in the home he was born in. “I look forward to spending more time with my sons Bryant and Ross and my step-children, Shaun, Theron, Nicholas and Cassandra, and our 7 grandchildren,” explained Goodrich. Future plans for Al include working part-time for Shiawassee County as a Deputy at the Court House.
An Open Hose for Chief Goodrich will be held on Wednesday, December 29th from 3pm-6pm at City Hall in Ovid. The public is invited to stop in and wish him well.