Springfield Names Interim Chief

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield’s city manager Tuesday named a new interim police chief to replace Jerry Smith once he retires at the end of the month.

Sgt. Richard Lewis got the nod. He’s been part of the Springfield Police Department since 1983.

Lewis will manage the department until the city hires a new chief. He says he won’t apply for the permanent position.

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  1. Dave says:

    Started in 1983, so the new chief already has 30 years of faithful service under his belt.

    He’s only got another 13 years of faithful service to go until he, like Chief Smith, gets to get treated like dirt, verbally spat on, and summarily dismissed like a criminal for the heinous act of a simple kiss between consenting adults.

    The fact is the Springfield city government, and especially it’s current City Manager, are hypocrites who like all politicans are first to run to the front of the pack and throw stones. Their very public problem is that the very public they pretend to serve (as Chief Smith actually did) knows full well that only “he who is without sin” can justifiably cast the first stone. And it surely will surprise no one in Springfield, or anywhere else, that their politicans are certainly not without sin.

    “You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss”. The pols in Springfield have obviously forgotten not only this simple message, but the basic tenets, not only of how to truly serve those they only pretend to serve, but of how to treat with respect our loyal first responders after decades of devoted service.

    On behalf of the citizens of Springfield I would like to sincerely thank Chief Smith for putting his life on the line for just a salary for so many years. The govt. of Springfield should be ashamed for the way they treated him, and all over a kiss.

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