New Interim Police Chief Chosen

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield police captain will step up to fill the void left when Chief Jerry Smith steps down. Richard Lewis has been with the department for nearly 30 years. He says he feels honored to have been chosen. “The first thought I had was probably a tremendous sense of responsibility. We have … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

Police Chief Announces Retirement

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After nearly half a century of service, Springfield’s police chief is retiring. Police Chief Jerry Smith says he’s thought about retirement for awhile and this seemed like the right time. Chief Smith says over the last 43 years he’s seen a lot of changes. He says when he started, the department was … Continue reading »