Driving lesson

He retired from the FBI. Why he now drives a school bus

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Michael Mason will tell you that if you want to do something, do it well.

Maybe it’s a lesson he learned when he was an officer in the Marines.

Or it could be lessons learned during his tenure as Deputy Executive Director of the FBI.

“About half the FBI fell on me,” Mason said. “And I was, just for context, I was fourth on the FBI food chain.”

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Michael Mason

While most men his age would golf or fish, enjoying retirement, Mason drives a school bus.

“I did important things, but guess what? That’s important too,” he explained.

Mason was watching “CBS 6 This Morning” recently when he heard that Chesterfield County was in desperate need of school bus drivers.

“When the pandemic hit, there were so many people doing so many extra things. People like you who still have to get out here. People like grocery store workers. People like telecommunications workers. All kinds of people who still had to do their jobs,” Mason said. “And I felt like I could do something to help with this post-pandemic recovery.”

Chesterfield County Public Schools were so impressed with Mason’s commitment to the community that they put him in a promotional video on YouTube.

Mason just hopes he can inspire others to get involved.

“Do whatever they can do. I believe if we all give a little something,” he said. “Wow, how we could impact the world. How we could change the world.”

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Michael Mason

But by changing the world, Mason is going to do it right.

“I’m probably one of the few bus drivers that has Turtle Wax in his kit there,” Mason said. “Because my hood was so oxidized and I said, oh no. I can’t do this. So I am who I am.”