RIPON POLICE CHIEF Dave Lukoski tends to a man injured several years ago after he fell on Watson Street.  Tim Lyke photo
RIPON POLICE CHIEF Dave Lukoski tends to a man injured several years ago after he fell on Watson Street. Tim Lyke photo

    A popular idiom — “(S)he stoops to conquer” — suggests that sometimes we are at our best not when we puff up our chest, assert our authority or exert power over others.

     We are most effective, the notion goes, when we display quiet humility in service to another.

     This is Dave Lukoski.

     For three decades, the police chief who served between a Waller and a Wallner protected and served city of Ripon residents with compassion, wisdom and integrity.

     For 42 years, Lukoski has inspired Ripon’s police department and the city itself through the force of his example.

     Despite managing a department of powerful people, Lukoski — who started as a part-time dispatcher with the city of Ripon — has never been too mighty to stoop to roles he easily could have delegated to rookie officers: directing traffic, stopping speeders, responding to a lock-out.

     His willingness to subordinate his ego to the needs of his officers and the community has resulted in the chief earning the respect of both. ...
                                                       — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the Dec. 14, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.