Rusty Jacobs Retiring After 27-Year Career with Vail Police Department
Officer Rusty Jacobs will be retiring from the Vail Police Department on Jan. 1 after a 27-year career with the department. He’ll be available to reminisce with community members from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the police station, located at 75 S. Frontage Road.
He first came to learn about the department during ride-alongs with the chief in the 1980s when his wife, Meryl, worked as a dispatcher. Jacobs joined the department as a peace officer on Jan. 1, 1991. During his career in Vail, he has also served as a detective, sergeant and acting sergeant.
After a short absence from 1999 to 2000, during which he worked as the security manager at Vail Valley Medical Center, Jacobs returned to Vail PD to continue his outstanding career providing excellent customer service to the citizens and guests of Vail. A life of contribution and dedication marks Jacob’s time at the VPD where he has been recognized by more than 35 commendations from citizens and co-workers.
Jacobs is best know for taking the extra time and concern with everyone he encounters, be they motorists involved in a traffic crash, victims of crime, at-risk youth or co-workers who need a little help. Many have said, “If you have to be arrested, let it be an arrest by Rusty.” In Jacobs’ initial job application 27 years ago, he wrote, “My philosophy on law enforcement is one of service and protection.”
Police Chief Dwight Henninger says Jacobs has succeeded in all areas of this philosophic goal. “Throughout his career, Rusty has been a cops’ cop – and we at the Vail Police Department are proud of his service,” said Henninger.