GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Steve Lamken, who has been Grand Island’s police chief since 2005, is stepping down, effective June 17.
Lamken, 67, said it’s "the right time" for retirement.
"I still really enjoy what I do. I’ve got a wonderful group of people here at the department. I’ve always enjoyed my profession," he said.
But there are days he gets tired or doesn’t "want to put up with things," he said. "So I think it’s just time to let somebody younger have a go at it."
As police chief, Lamken is responsible for about 110 employees, 87 of whom are sworn officers.
Lamken, a native of Alton, Ill., has lived in Nebraska since 1973 and has been a Grand Island resident since 1996.
Before becoming Grand Island’s police chief in October 2005, Lamken was director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. Earlier, he was police chief in Kearney and Ogallala, and worked for the Lincoln Police Department.
He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 42 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.