Williston, ND(KEYZ) The City of Williston gives a very public and heart felt 10-42 to Police Chief James Lokken who retires tomorrow; A public gathering is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:00 pm at the Old Armory in Williston. City Police and Fire Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk, says it’s fitting that a police department so dependent on its community give it’s chief such a public send off!
“It’s a way for us to say “Thank you Chief, we’re very grateful for what you have given us! You have been a great leader and great Chief, we wish you well.’ But on the other hand, it’s bittersweet as we’re losing a friend and a leader in the department, and that’s very tough. He’s a man with street smarts, things one doesn’t attain over night. It takes years and years to learn that,” says Cymbaluk, who will be one of the speakers at Thursday’s farewell gathering, which will also feature some last minute acknowledgements.
“I will make some opening remarks as Police Commissioner, Mayor Klug will also be there, a letter will be read from Senator Hoeven and the FBI will make a special presentation of an award for the Chief, a video display, some music, and there will be the shedding of tears,” says Cymbaluk.
Lokken has served as police chief for 8 years, but has been with the department for more than 30 years and now comes his final radio call. The Chief’s son is expected to give the chief his final watch, or 10-42 ceremonial radio call.