Steve Cline, Dacula City Marshal
Former GCPD major returned to law enforcement after brief retirement.
After 30 years in law enforcement, Steve Cline found retirement did not suit him.
“You can only do so much painting and tiling,” he said.
So, just a few months after retiring from the Gwinnett County Police Department, Cline returned to policing as a Dacula City Marshal.
“It’s certainly not as intense as what it was before,” he said. “But it is something that I love.”
Cline began his law enforcement career in 1978 as an officer with the Athens Police Department. After a couple of years, he decided it was time to pursue a better opportunity.
“At that time, the place to go was Gwinnett County,” he said.
Cline moved his family to Gwinnett and joined GCPD in 1980. Twenty-eight years later, he retired as a major. His last posting was as the commander of GCPD's East Precinct in Dacula.
Though he enjoyed being part of the GCPD command staff, Cline missed having contact with the public, helping citizens and being out on the road.
That desire to return to law enforcement basics led him to the City of Dacula.
These days, Cline patrols the streets of Dacula monitoring the area for criminal activity and enforcing city ordinances.
“I really enjoy what I’m doing now,” he said.
While the financial rewards may not be that great, Cline said his job does pay great dividends in terms of job satisfaction.
“You really feel like you’ve done something when you’ve been out and helped some people,” he said. “That makes you feel good and sometimes that’s enough.”