Steve Cearley (5043OCLS)—Locksmith, Dispatch
When I was a police officer, I was interested in locksmithing. “If I couldn’t lock them up, I would lock them out.” I thought understanding locks would help me understand how break-ins occurred. My dad saw an advertisement in a magazine: “Make $600 a week in your spare time. Become a locksmith.” My dad paid for the course and six months later I graduated from The Locksmith Institute from Little Falls NJ in 1975. People in Stayton started bringing locks to the police station and dropping them off for me to work.
I joined the Pacific Locksmith Association and learned different skills. Safe opening and repair were a priority of mine. I became the President of the Locksmith Association in 2006-2007. I was the Police Chief in Boardman, OR 1986-1990. At which time I resigned and came to Portland, OR to become a locksmith full time.
What do you like most about working in this field?
I like doing things with my hands. I was a good lock picker at one time. I enjoy breaking down a lock to see how it is made. I love ancient locks (19th century and earlier).
If you could have only three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Banking, Facebook, Picture Insect/ Plant Identification
What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I love ancestry research.
What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
Family dinners together
What fictional place would you like most to visit?