WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- A local detective says he was born to be a cop and now more than 40 years on the job, he's days away from leaving the force
Winnebago County Deputy Chief Dominic Isaparro just wrapped up his last full week with the department, he says retirement is bitter-sweet.
"My goal was to be a detective and i truly love being a detective. I have had the opportunity to not only do the work, but over see the work a majority of my career so i have been blessed," Iasparro said.
Iasparro started his career at 22 years old with the Rockford Police Department before moving to the county in 2006. His father was one of the first detectives on the force, so he naturally followed in his footsteps.
Isaparro has investigated hundreds of crimes, including hundreds of murders, some cases still cold. He says law-enforcement is all he knows which makes it hard to walk away.
"Detectives live with these cases 24 hours a day. when we got to bed.. our minds do not stop working. What direction did I go? What did I miss? What did I do wrong?" Iasparro said.
Sgt. Larry Marino will take over on a temporary basis.
Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro confirms he’ll be leaving in early September.
He’s been in law enforcement for over 40 years, including serving as interim Rockford Police Chief from 2005-2006.