I’d like to begin by offering my congratulations on your promotion.
MM: Thank you.
RR: Could you share with our readers when and how you first became interested in police work?
MM: It’s difficult to remember a time when I didn’t enjoy solving puzzles and reading mysteries. When I was in junior high, one of my older brothers started bringing “True Crime” paperbacks into our home and soon I became convinced I wanted to solve real life puzzles.
RR: Could you describe the educational route you took to your current position?
MM: My formal education includes Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri St. Louis. It has a nationally ranked program and prepared me well. Of course, the first step after acceptance by the department was attendance at the Police Academy. This combination of classroom and hands on training is vital. And an officer’s education continues with seminars, on-line classes, and workshops sponsored by universities and law enforcement agencies.
RR: Describe some of your off duty interests and hobbies. Where would we be likely to see you on your day off?
MM: The most consistent activity for my down time is a good run in the park. Yes, there are times when weather doesn’t cooperate, but then I visit the department gym for physical training. When I have an entire day off I try to spend part of it with family. My mother lives in South County and two of my four brothers live within the Metro Area. We have a long list of family traditions, some started three or four generations ago, which we continue. All of us are Cardinal fans and are looking forward to a winning season.
RR: Family sounds important to you. Can you see yourself blending career, husband, and family in the future?
MM: It’s going to take a very special person to understand and accept the time and emotional demands of my occupation. I like to believe that he’s out there, but we haven’t crossed paths yet. Oh, and it would be a bonus if he can cook.
RR: Thank you, Detective Morgan. We wish you luck in both career and personal life.
Stare Down picks up Detective Morgan’s story a few weeks after this interview. It is available from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
(This “interview” first appeared on the blog of The Wild Rose Press in October 2015.)