Capt. Gary Crain to retire after 45 years at U of A

Capt. Gary Crain (Rachel Gerner/University of Arkansas)

The University of Arkansas Police Department will say goodbye to a long-time employee when Capt. Gary Crain retires next month.

Crain, who has been with the department for 45 years, began his career as a patrol officer in 1978. He moved up the ranks to become police sergeant in 1985.

Crain currently serves as the captain of support services and the department’s public information officer. In this role, he oversees a wide range of responsibilities including handling student, media, and Freedom of Information Act requests. He also coordinates the CLERY program and supervises key personnel.

“Captain Crain has been instrumental to our success, as his wisdom and background knowledge of our department are irreplaceable,” said Chief Stephen Gahagans. “We’ll miss him greatly.”

A retirement party for Crain is set for Friday, Feb. 2. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Arkansas Union’s Verizon Ballroom.