Police Chief Lukoski will retire by end of the year

Dave Lukoski stands outside the Ripon Police Department. It was near this spot, 30 years ago (inset) that he was given the chief’s badge by then Police and Fire Commission Chairman Jim Konkol. Lukoski was one of 127 vying for the job.

In 42 years in law enforcement, Ripon Police Chief Dave Lukoski has seen enough bar fights.

He’s pushed enough cars out of snowbanks.

And he’s stood outside plenty of car crashes, in all sorts of terrible weather, at every hour of the day.

He’s done it all ... but won’t for much longer.

Lukoski, who has been Ripon’s police chief since 1988 (1987, if you count his year as interim chief), will retire in December.

He submitted his letter of resignation last week to the Police Commission and Mayor Gary Will.

In it, the chief was succinct.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I will be retiring from the Ripon Police Department at the end of the year,” it reads, adding that his final day will be between Dec. 20 and 22, followed by vacation and holiday pay through the first week of January.

“I think it’s always bittersweet when somebody who spends this amount of time with a community says they’re going to leave, but it’s also [good to know] that [he will have] enough time to spend with his family ...,” Will said afterward. “[That] is rewarding to me as mayor.”

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