Anyone who has ever called the Sunbury Police Department non-emergency number knows Mary Sandy. Many folks may not know her name, or even recognize her on the street, but Mary Sandy has been the friendly voice that put callers at ease, answered their questions, or directed them to who they needed to speak with.
Last Friday Village of Sunbury employees held a reception for Sandy at Sunbury Town Hall – she retired this Monday. Her last duty as the Sunbury PD’s Office Manger was cruising village neighborhoods during Beggar’s Night with Sunbury PD Chief Pat Bennett distributing candy to local Trick-or-Treaters.
Bennett, who retires in February, said when he became the Village of Sunbury Chief of Police in 2001 the department was growing, they needed someone to handle administrative duties, and Sandy came on board after working for Bry-Air for 27 years.
“Mary has been a great asset to our department,” Bennett said. “She truly enjoyed working with the public and helping people. She will be missed.”
Sandy, originally from Mount Vernon, moved to Sunbury in 1975. She and her husband Tom own horses, she is a former 13-year advisor with Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club, and she shows horses in walk-trot open class. Mary and her daughter Lori showed at this past summer’s Hartford Independent Fair.
Asked what’s next on her list, Sandy said she had not considered what she would do following retirement.
“I really haven’t thought that far ahead,” Sandy said. “I’ll guess I’ll have more time for my horses, and more time with friends, family, and my grandson Jason.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.