OSKALOOSA — Lt. Troy Boston, of the Oskaloosa Police Department has served Oskaloosa for 34 years.
Boston served from June 22, 1985 to Aug. 30, 2019. He will still be a familiar face around Oskaloosa, though, as he will be working at William Penn University.
Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt said Boston’s communication skills and ability to speak with authority and with a comforting tone will be a very strong asset for William Penn University.
“We thank you, because even though you’re leaving [OPD],” Krutzfeldt said, “you’re going to continue to influence the culture of Oskaloosa for years to come. So on behalf of the City of Oskaloosa, the City Council we commend you for a job well done. Thank you for your service.”
It’s been a pretty good 34 years, Boston said.
“The best part about the job is the people that you get to work with, the people that you do get to meet in the community,” he said, “and establish friendships and acquaintances at least.”
Boston, who is from Waterloo, said coming to Oskaloosa was a bit of a culture shock for him.
“But it’s a very, very nice culture shock,” he said. “Shortly after we got here, we realized this was the place to raise our family. I knew I wanted to finish my career here in Oskaloosa.”
Boston gave few words of experience to the younger members of the department.
“Take advantage of your resources. Because things will get difficult at times,” he said. “Things will, for the most part, run smooth. But take advantage of your family resources and be close to your families and appreciate that closeness. Because that’s what will get you through your time on the department.”
He thanked his family for their support over his 34 years in the Oskaloosa Police Department.
“Again, that is really an important part. Don’t shut your family out,” he said. “My wife has been a very good support system for me to get through some of the horrible situations that we’ve been put through. So please take advantage of your family and so forth. And you guys will be just fine.”
The younger officers continue to teach the older officers, Boston said.
“When you guys get on the department and when I get to work with you guys and talk to you guys, you guys have a whole different style of how you do things,” he said. “And we never stop learning. And you guys keep teaching us older guys how to stay – I can’t say to stay young – but stay in touch with what we need to do to help our community. So thank you guys very much.”
He was appreciative of the more experienced members of the department as well.
“And of course thank you older guys for being there for the years. We’ve all worked cases together; we’ve all been there during some bad times, but we’ve always been able to work through those,” he said. “Those are also things that help us get through that.”
Boston said he feels pretty good about retiring from the police department.
“I have days where I’m really excited about it and days not so much because of the changes that are about to come and the people that I work with,” he said. “Through the years, you establish a lot of friendships or relationships,” he said. “This is the only thing I’ve known basically for my whole working career.”
One of the things Boston said he has enjoyed most has been the variety officers experience each day.
“Oskaloosa has always been an interesting place to work,” he said, “and a great place to work as well.”
Krutzfeldt presented several items of recognition, including a certificate signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, a letter from Sen. Charles Grassley, and a plaque from the City of Oskaloosa.
Officer Nick Landgrebe presented Boston with items of recognition from the department, including a shadowbox, his retirement badge and his gun.
“This is your gun, the new one that we just got last year,” he said. “We realized you did not purchase it, so we were going to purchase it for you and we had it engraved with Troy Boston and years of service and then we have our logo engraved on the top of it. So that’s what we as a department got for you from all of us.”
Oskaloosa Herald Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven also gave Boston a display with a copy of the front page of the Oskaloosa Herald from June 22, 1985, during Boston’s swearing in.
Boston, who is a fan of smoking meats, joked he thought it would be the story where he accidentally set his deck on fire during his first meat-smoking experience.
Friends, family, colleagues and community members swarmed Boston, offering congratulations and appreciation.
It may sound cliche, Boston said, but one reason why he joined law enforcement was because he wanted to help people.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “you feel better about yourself if you can help people.”