Rush County Probation Officer Mark Fields was greeted early Tuesday morning by his sons Jason and Ryan and other family members, friends and co-workers as he arrived at the Rush County Courthouse.
October 1 marked the 40-year anniversary for Fields as a Rush County employee in the probation department. A tenure that has seen numerous changes during the four decades he has worked.
When hired, Judge G. Richard Piles and Judge Thomas Marshall served at the courthouse and Fields looked back fondly on those times. He recalled acting on a dare during the early 1980’s that resulted in him the two judges running a 100-yard dash.
Fields, the eldest son of JoAnn and Omar (deceased) Fields, continued in his family’s footsteps to serve his local community. His father Omar was a 20-year veteran of the Rushville Police Department serving in multiple administrations from 1963 to 1983. His uncle, Henry Sy Bradley served Rush County for a number of years in the capacity of county dog warden and his mother JoAnn served as Den Mother for a local Cub Scout Pack during her eldest son’s formative years.
Following graduation in 1974 from Rushville Consolidated High School, Fields attended Ball State University and graduated in 1979. A short time later, he began working locally, continuing a family long service to Rushville and Rush County.
“I remember arriving here for my first day of work, all those years ago, wearing a long black trench coat and a little hat,” he said as he met those awaiting his arrival at the north entrance to the courthouse.
A short time later after arriving at his third floor office and receiving congratulation from fellow workers, Fields once again took a few moments to reflect back on his career, one that is nowhere near complete, he was quick to add.