On July 8, 2020, Sgt. John Mazzie put in his last day as an Everett Police officer.
Thus ended, a 33 year career on a police force that is a far different place than it was when he started out as a much younger man.
It is impossible for the uninitiated to understand just what it is like to sign away your life to serving the city of Everett in 1987, to putting on the blue uniform, and to remain whole and upbeat, proud and with his integrity intact, up to the day of his retirement in the 20th year of the 21st Century.
The revolution in policing continues during this summer of great discontent across the nation.
Sgt. John Mazzie has seen it all. He’s been through the trials and tribulations of being a police officer. He has come to understand the human predicament almost completely.
Mazzie started out as a Field Training Officer in the 1990’s.
Police Chief Steven Mazzie’s appearance at the virtual city council meeting Monday night proved once again that having a humble, smart, savvy longtime police chief who knows what he is doing with the Everett police force is worth its weight in gold.
He answered Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien’s questions about the police department’s various policies regarding report- ing police violence against residents, the use of choke holds (which have been banned since the 1990’s here) and annual training parameters to meet the demands of the new age that appears to be upon us.
Without raising his voice or batting an eyelash, Mazzie answered the councilor’s questions like the consummate professional he has always shown himself to be.
He is a very hip guy, who firmly is in command of a first-rate police force that knows the laws and follows them.
When all was said and done with this year’s municipal election, Gerly Adrien, Councilor at Large elect, topped the ticket sending a shockwave through the usually predictable political circles in this city.