Ocean City Today

Retiring police lieutenant lauded

By Greg Ellison | Jan 05, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Ocean City Police Lt. Mark Pacini was honored with multiple accolades from elected officials to mark his retirement after 28-years of dedication to public safety.

(Jan. 5, 2018) After more than a quarter century on the job, Ocean City Police Lt. Mark Pacini was honored by multiple elected officials during the City Council ceremonies Tuesday recognizing his retirement.

While presenting Pacini with an official commendation and key to the city, Mayor Rick Meehan noted the praise fell short of measuring his impact on the resort since starting as a seasonal officer in 1989.

“We’ve seen him assist our town in so many ways that couldn’t be mentioned in one proclamation,” he said.

Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said it was an honor and privilege to work closely with Pacini since taking command in 2013.

“Mark has been an integral part in making the department successful and effective,” he said.

After spending ample time patrolling the Boardwalk together, Buzzuro noted on some occasions Pacini would “magically” disappear.

“I came to realize that was Mark’s way of saying, ‘I’ve had enough of you and I want to go solo from this point forward,’” he said “So that was my cue.”

Sen. Jim Mathias, who worked closely with Pacini while serving as Ocean City mayor, said his department veteran had protected roughly 250 million shore visitors during his 28-year career.

“We all thank you for your service, but more importantly as you look around the room tonight, for the inspiration you provided to your colleagues [and] fellow officers,” he said. “That’s what this life is all about, you did leave a legacy.”

In addition to receiving the senate citation from Mathias, Pacini was presented with commendation from the House of Delegates by Delegate Mary Beth Carozza.

“Your work ethic is an example and inspiration for all of us,” she said.

Offering further accolades was County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, who said he met Pacini when he began as a seasonal officer on the Boardwalk.

“He spent many an evening having dinner in my shop discussing things,” he said.

With the effusive praise nearly eliciting tears from the audience, Pacini invoked a lighter tone when he called out to his [nonexistent] fiancé to join him at the podium.

When no one moved, Pacini said, “Either I worked too much, or no one would put up with me. I’ll let you guys figure out which one it is.”

Following the levity, Pacini said it was an honor to serve and shake hands with three governors, two senators and one U.S. President.

“We have a front row seat to the greatest show on earth,” he said. “In my position I’ve seen a lot … some good [and] some bad.”

Reflecting on the latter, Pacini described policing as a unique profession.

“It’s the only job where at the beginning of the shift you talk about going home alive at night,” he said. “Once you become a police supervisor this becomes amplified. Our nationwide media just doesn’t get it [and] don’t understand what we’re doing.”

After spending extensive time as an undercover officer, and serving as the Criminal Investigation Division assistant commander, Pacini praised the efforts of narcotics officers.

“They go face-to-face with some of the worst of the worst,” he said. “They take the real bad guys off the street.”

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