The Life of a Private Investigator

The Marin Independent Journal has published a professional article on the life and career of local private investigator, Richard Schmidt.

From the article —

RICHARD SCHMIDT may not have Tom Selleck’s red Ferrari or moused chest hair, but this San Rafael private investigator can actually lay claim to tailing cheating spouses, locating missing relatives and discrediting trial witness for multimillion-dollar verdicts.

The thrill of investigations led Schmidt to the field after retiring from a long stint on the San Anselmo police force. But don’t go thinking his days are filled with helicopter flights along the coast or bare-chested tennis matches with wealthy Sausalito wives.

“As a PI, you’re alone all the time,” he says.

Schmidt, 61, was born in upstate New York, but his family relocated to Southern California when he was very young. He grew up in Torrance, joined the Air Force in high school and eventually landed at Hamilton Air Field.

“I spent three and a half years there,” he says.

Schmidt says he always wanted to be a cop, but most law enforcement agencies refused to take him on until after he left the service. However, the San Anselmo chief relaxed the policy and let him work nights, weekends and periods of short staffing until becoming full time.

You can read the entire article @ Life of a sleuth: Schmidt likes challenge of being private investigator.