Troy, Mo. - Change, no matter how necessary, is never easy.
For Roger Mauzy, ending a two-decade career in Lincoln County was far from an easy decision, but it was the best for him and his family.
On Sept. 7, Mauzy traded his position as a lieutenant with the detective bureau of the Troy Police Department for a position as a patrol officer with the St. Charles Police Department.
He said it was anything but an easy decision – and he talked to his wife and prayed about it before finally decided to accept the position.
Mauzy said he chose to accept the job because it was best for his career path, but he will continue to live in Lincoln County, because the area has been so kind to him and his family – and he wants to continue that relationship.
“In the last 20 years, I have been able to see this community grow,” he said. “I’m beyond humbled to have been able to have served Lincoln County and the City of Troy for the last 20 years. “The support (law enforcement) has from the community is wonderful.”
Mauzy will also rejoin former Maj. Raymond Floyd, who left the Troy Police Department in February, and is now a captain with the St. Charles Police Department.
Mauzy said he learned a great deal working under Floyd in Troy, and he used those lessons leading his fellow detectives.
“One of the things Ray taught me working underneath him is never to ask anyone to do anything you aren’t willing to do,” Mauzy said. “I told the other detectives just because we’re detectives, that doesn’t mean we’re still not cops.
“If someone is in the lobby needing to speak to an officer, we go speak to them.”
Mauzy continued to say Floyd was an asset to Lincoln County – and he will be an asset to St. Charles County.
“He’s by far the best leader I’ve worked with in 20 years,” Mauzy said. “He never downgraded you, or put you down.
“He’s the kind of leader everyone wants to work for.”
A Warrenton native, Mauzy started his law enforcement career with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Troy Police Department in 2005. At the time, he said there were fewer deputies, but the coverage area was the same as it is now.
“Coming from a county as big as Lincoln County, your backup could be 30 minutes or longer (back in 2000),” Mauzy said. “Backup comes in the city much faster.”
Once Mauzy joined the Troy PD, he first arrived as a patrol officer, then moved to the K9 division, then finally to narcotics, where he has spent the predominance of his career.
He also said it is also where he has seen the toughest points of his career.
“The toughest part is seeing how these drugs destroy families,” Mauzy said. “I’ve seen some terrible, terrible things, such as close friends, tear their families apart, because of drugs.
“I’ve heard people’s parents tell me they’re waiting for us to come to their door telling us their child’s dead.”
Mauzy is convinced the vast majority of illicit drug users want to get help, but are unable to, which frustrates him – and made his job as a narcotics detective even more difficult.
“Most of the people who do it don’t want to do it,” he said. “They want out, but the treatment centers are so full, they can’t get the help they need.
Getting methamphetamine, fentanyl and other common drugs off the streets of Troy has been Mauzy’s mission for over a decade as a detective, but seeing people locked up isn’t an outcome he prefers.
“Taking people to prison is not something I want to do,” he said. “ There’s nothing to like about that.
“I became a police officer to help people.”
Mauzy knows he is leaving a city that still has a narcotics problem, but he hopes he did he a small part during his time in law enforcement to make things better.
“I would like to think I have made a difference in this community in the last 20 years,” he said. “Ninety-five percent of my career spent in narcotics. It would be naive of me to say there isn’t still a drug problem in this county, because I know there is, but I know these officers who are still currently serving this community are making their best efforts to try and combat the drug problem, along with every other crime that is occurring in this community.”
Though he knows he’s leaving the Troy PD in good hands, Mauzy said there will be some good and bad that comes with heading southeast to St. Charles.
“It is bittersweet. Taking this new position comes with benefits I don’t have here,” he said. “Here (in Troy), I have the flexibility to all my son’s practices and games. In St. Charles, I’m not going to have that flexiblility.
“There are ups and downs with both.”
Over the last 20 years, Mauzy said he’s been able to meet and work with some great people, and he will take that with him always.
“The friendships I’ve built with the community and the officers I’ve been able to work with here are my favorite memories,” he said.