City of Plymouth Celebrates Retirement of Long-Time Dispatcher

The City of Plymouth celebrated the retirement of a long-time public servant on Tuesday.

Mary Young worked as a dispatcher for nearly 40 years with the Plymouth Police Department. Young worked with Plymouth Police Chief Dave Bacon as an IDACS coordinator – which is the database for stolen items, drivers licenses, and license plates.

Bacon says Young was always happy when she was at work.

“She always went that extra mile just to make things operate, help things operate, and she’s just a very good employee besides being a very nice person,” says Bacon.

Young announced she was planning to retire in December of 2014.

The now vacant position will not be filled according to Bacon. The Plymouth Police Department will be moving to a central dispatch with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. The two departments have been working on the transition for some time.

Young’s retirement party was held at the Conservation Club House on Tuesday. Hundreds were in attendance.

Bacon says she will be missed.

“She would always offer to sing to you,” says Bacon. “That was her thing. If you walked in there and she could tell you might be having a bad day, she would as: ‘do you want me to sing to you?’ she was just that type of person and I think that’s what we’ll miss the most.”

Mayor Mark Senter announced during Monday’s Common Council meeting that he would be making a proclamation for her retirement.