Travis Anderson has used retirement as an opportunity to return to the family business.
The former Brush, CO, police chief said he so enjoyed the people of Brush that upon retirement, he wanted to make Brush his home. He knew that if he had a job in retirement, he would still want it to be service-oriented.
"My father started a body shop business in 1946 with my grandfather when he got out of World War II," Anderson said. "I worked in that auto shop as a kid."
He was led into law enforcement where he served for 30 years, retiring in July as Brush's chief.
"I wanted to get back into the body shop business," Anderson said. "It is a passion of mine. But, I'm almost overwhelmed. It was so much different back when I worked with my dad. The business has changed so much."
His opportunity came through a relationship with Derek Hass, owner of J.D.'z Autobody & Paint at 115 Colorado Ave. Anderson decided to begin A&A Auto Glass, short for Anderson & Anderson, with the encouragement of Hass.
"Derek has helped me out a whole lot," Anderson said. "I appreciate what he has done for me."
Hass agreed to allow Anderson to rent some shop space at the location where Hass has served Brush for the past 29 years.
In police terms, Anderson said an officer is "in service," or 10-8 in police code lingo, when they are on patrol. He said that with his new auto shop business, he's still "in service."
"We do chip repair with mobile installation and don't charge a service fee," Anderson said, adding that he also offers a public safety discount. "This is something I've wanted to do for the past 15 years---I just didn't have that opportunity."
The opportunity he needed was provided by Hass, who was willing to allow the former police chief a chance to work in his shop. Glass repair is an area of the business where Hass didn't have an interest in performing.
"It works out really well," Hass said.