37-Year Veteran of the Indiana State Police Retires

By Scott Sarvay

Senator Tom Wyss presenting Lovie with a State Resolution on behalf of him and Senators David Long and Dennis Kruse.

May 24, 2011 Updated May 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A 37 year veteran of the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne is retiring.

Switchboard Operator Lovilee Johnson is best known for her always positive, up-beat and optimistic attitude.

She has both knowingly and unknowingly diffused many an upset or angry citizen by merely showering them with her contagious kindness, willingness to offer a listening ear and her words of comfort and reassurance.

Lovie moved with her family to Fort Wayne when she was very young and was a 1959 graduate of Central High School. She was appointed to the Indiana State Police on February 11, 1974 as a Data Input Operator and assigned to the original Fort Wayne post on Jefferson Boulevard. In 1979, Lovie applied for, and was granted a transfer to the new Fort Wayne post and was re-assigned as the Switchboard Operator, the position that she held until today, the day of her retirement.

Former District Commander and 33-year friend, Major Gary Robbins said, “The Fort Wayne post receives a tremendous amount of calls, sometimes from emotional or irate callers, yet Lovilee’s cheerful personality, and her ability to remain calm and professional has served her well in taking or routing the calls to the proper station.”

Lovie and her husband Joe look forward to traveling, volunteering and spending time with their eight grandchildren in her retirement.

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