GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Police Chief Steve Lamken will retire on June 17.
Lamken, 67, submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday to City Administrator Marlan Ferguson and Mayor Jeremy Jensen. He has been the city’s police chief since October 2005.
Lamken had let city officials know his retirement was coming. “But I was hoping we could talk him into staying for a while,” Ferguson said.
“He’s raised the bar,” Ferguson said. “So we’ll hopefully find somebody that’ll match that.”
Lamken said it’s time for retirement.
“I just feel it’s the right time. 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 at his age, there are days when sometimes “I just get tired or don’t want to put up with things or something like that. So I think it’s just time to let somebody younger have a go at it.”
Lamken, an Illinois native, has been a Nebraska resident since 1973 and has lived in Grand Island since 1996. Before becoming Grand Island’s police chief he was director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center from 1996 to 2005.
Before joining the Lincoln Police Department in 1973, Lamken was in the Army’s Military Police Corps for two years as a lieutenant. In 1971 he received a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University. In 1979, while living in Lincoln, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He left the Lincoln Police Department in 1984 to serve as Ogallala’s police chief. Then, in 1987, he left for Kearney, where he worked as police chief until 1996.
Asked his plans for retirement, he said, “I don’t have a lot of specific plans. I’d like to maybe be more involved with Habitat for Humanity, maybe do a little carpentry work. My wife and I would like to travel a little more when she retires.”
His wife, Mary, is a teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Hastings.