Capt. Robert Musgrave was honored at Monday's town council meeting for his 40 years of service with the Zionsville Police Department.

The meeting room at Zionsville Town Hall was filled with people and cameras capturing the presentation.

During his time with the department, Musgrave accomplished many things including being named a District Six police officer of the year and being the longest serving full-time police officer in Boone County, currently.

Musgrave has also trained or helped train every member of the Zionsville Police Department and several in Boone County and Indiana.

Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak recalled on his first encounter with Musgrave when he was in college — a ride in the passenger seat of his police car.

“My first experience meeting Rob was much like most other people. And it will tell you everything you need to know about him,” Haak said. “He sat me down, he explained to me what I did wrong, he looked me square in the eye and he said 'Tim, you’re a good kid, I know your parents, and more importantly I know where you live.'”

Haak wrapped up his story with a simple statement: “That’s who he is, he’s one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.”

Everyone who spoke of Musgrave during the meeting all came back to the same idea, how grateful they are to have him as part of their team.

“His dedication to the Zionsville Police Department and the Town of Zionsville is second to none,” Robert Knox, Zionsville police chief, said before presenting Musgrave with a plaque of appreciation.

Haley Cook writes for the Zionsville Times Sentinel and The Lebanon Reporter. Contact her at

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