Iowa’s Oldest Police Dispatcher Is Retiring

Gayl TutjeOsceola County, Iowa — Iowa’s oldest working law enforcement dispatcher answered her last 911 call Friday.  Gayl Tutje retired from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after 23 years of service.  Tutje was the guest of honor at a surprise retirement luncheon sprung on her Friday by her co-workers.

Tutje talked about some of the changes she’s seen over the years.

Tutje says the most rewarding part of the job has always been helping people.  When asked what the best thing about her job has been, she replied, “the people I work with.”  When asked about the worst thing, she said with a smile, “the people I work with.”  Then she talked about the toughest day she’s had on the job during her 23 year tenure.

Tutje says that, while she is looking forward to retirement, she will miss the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

She says that, of all the calls she’s taken over the past 23 years, one sticks out in her mind as the strangest.

The Sheriff’s Office will host a Public Retirement Open House for Tutje on Friday, February 1, from 9-11 am at the Lantern in downtown Sibley.

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