Park People: Greg Mahlman

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Greg Mahlman
Lead Patrol Ranger

Hometown
Malinta, Ohio – population 300

First Job
Landscaping – digging holes and planting trees and shrubs.

Achievement you are most proud of, career or other
From a personal standpoint – my wife of 36 years and our three sons. My sons have married wonderful ladies and I have been blessed with two granddaughters and two more on the way in 2021.  

Dream Trip
Month long road trip to the Western US National Parks and sights along the way. The trip would include hiking in the parks and stopping at those must see attractions such as the Biggest Ball of Twine, Wall Drug, and World’s Largest Catsup Bottle.

Notable pet
Sidney (Chocolate Lab) – Sidney was my best friend. She was always at my side and followed me everywhere. 

What is something few know about you?
I returned to college after a 30 year break to complete my bachelor’s degree. 

What brought you to Metroparks?
In 2018, I retired from the Toledo Police Department. In early 2019, after a conversation with Metroparks Deputy Chief Brad Navarre, I applied for and got hired as a ranger. Starting a “new” career as a ranger was not something I had given a lot of serious thought prior to the call from Brad. However, I believed that my law enforcement experience had given me a diverse skillset and I had something to offer. I now know I made an excellent decision to work for the Metroparks. Having a job that requires me to hang out in a park everyday has been extremely satisfying. 

Your favorite park visited?
All of the Metroparks have special features that I love! But if I must choose…Farnsworth. The area between the Interurban Bridge and the Boat Launch area offer Postcard views – spring, summer, fall and winter.