Sergeant Tom Nixon was with the Moab City Police Department for more than 20 years. [Courtesy photo]

With more than 20 years of service to the Moab area, the Moab City Police Department announced sergeant Tom Nixon retired on Feb. 24.

Nixon held many roles during his time with the police department.

The Moab City Police Department shared the news on social media, saying that Nixon started as an animal control officer before receiving his peace officer certification after which he was assigned to patrol. Nixon worked as a patrol officer, a detective, an evidence custodian, DARE officer, fleet manager and many other auxiliary roles, but none were as important or impactful than his role as a field training officer.

As a Field Training Officer (FTO), Nixon was responsible for taking a new cop, fresh out of the academy, and teaching them how to be an effective police officer. He took this role seriously, and he led new officers with humility, compassion, humor and, from time to time, a stern lecture, the police department said. Completing FTO with Nixon was no easy task, and officers who finished their field training with him were absolutely prepared to go forth and serve the citizens of Moab.

Nixon will be missed, but he’s off to a well-deserved retirement, the department said.

Moab City Police say sergeant Tom Nixon was instrumental in training new officers