Lonnie Glover, Spring-Gar Civic Association
by Benjamin Fang
Apr 30, 2019 | 1506 views | 0 0 comments | 250 250 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year, Springfield Gardens resident Lonnie Glover retired from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) after a 28-year career.

But if you ask him how his retirement’s going, he’ll respond that he’s working harder than he was before.

That’s because for the last 12 years, Glover has served as the president of the Spring-Gar Civic Association, a community-based organization that works with residents, other civic associations, and businesses to address quality-of-life issues.

His neighbor convinced him to join the civic association just one month after he moved into the neighborhood in 1988.

“History is still being written,” he said.

For the last 12 years, Glover has also served as an auxiliary officer for the 105th Precinct, making the rank of lieutenant. His role is to act as the “eyes and ears of the Police Department.”

“We patrol and have the same frequency radios as the regular department,” he said. “If we see things, we notify the regular command of the conditions.

“We’ve been effective,” Glover added. “They come and approach us with a condition, and we can either handle it or we escalate it to the command.”

The 105th Precinct is the city’s third largest in terms of geographical coverage, why is why the soon-to-open 116th Precinct is important. The 105th will take the northern half of southeast Queens, while the newly created 116th will cover the southern half.

The Springfield Gardens civic leader intends to continue in his dual roles long into his retirement.

“It’s a pleasure and a joy because as long as things are being accomplished and people see results and things moving for the better, it continues to keep me active and motivated to do the work I’m doing,” he said.
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