Sardinian Police Chief Jim Lewis has retired after greater than 40 years in legislation enforcement
Sardinia, Ohio – As a younger boy, James “Jim” Lewis Jr. at all times had a robust want to work in legislation enforcement, a profession path impressed by his grandfather, Arthur Lewis, who labored in legislation enforcement.
After greater than 40 years working in legislation enforcement in Brown County, Sardinia Police Chief Jim Lewis has introduced his retirement.
“It is one thing I needed to do after I was very younger,” Lewis stated of working in legislation enforcement.
Lewis pursued his goals, enrolling within the prison justice program on the Native Mixed Vocational Faculty (now the Southern Hills Skilled and Technical Heart) as a young person, and after graduating he joined the US Military and served as a navy policeman from 1977-1980.
After serving within the US Military, he joined the Georgetown Police Division, the place he served his neighborhood for 28 years as a police officer from 1981 till 2009. He additionally served as a member of the Georgetown Hearth Division for 29 years from 1982 by 2011.
It was in July of 2010 when he took over the place of police chief within the Sardinian village the place he has labored for the previous 12 and a half years.
Lewis took to the streets working as a younger police officer in Georgetown, nicely ready after attending a highschool prison justice program and serving as a Army Police within the US Military, however no police officer is aware of precisely what they could encounter throughout every shift. Whereas he has obtained plenty of testimonies and praises over the previous 4 many years in legislation enforcement, it’s the many “thanks” and “exhibits of appreciation” he receives from members of the communities he has served that he says are his most memorable rewards.
However, as you already know, not all recollections in legislation enforcement are nice recollections. Lewis was concerned within the first homicide investigation within the Eighties, a stabbing in Georgetown. Throughout your lengthy profession in legislation enforcement and as a primary responder, you’ll sometimes reply to scenes the place victims are having the worst day of their lives. It may be laborious to let go of those recollections, however it’s his robust perception and want to assist others in want which have helped hold Lewis’ management alive for greater than 4 many years.
“I’ve to thank God for the well being he gave me and for with the ability to keep along with her,” Lewis stated. “Typically you simply have to make use of that energy (God has given you).”
Lewis has tailored to altering instances in his greater than 40 years of working in legislation enforcement, and has witnessed speedy advances in know-how and the expansion of native police departments.
There have been shifts when he was the one serving police officer in Brown County in his early years with the Georgetown Police Division, and advances in computer systems and radio programs have dramatically modified how first responders can talk, Lewis stated.
His a few years in legislation enforcement and with the Georgetown Hearth Division have put him in contact with many different native responders and legislation enforcement members with whom he has loved working.
“I thank everybody who has supported me,” stated Luis, who will function Sardinian police chief till his retirement on the finish of this 12 months.
Lewis was afraid to go away anybody out when naming these he had loved working with over time, however he got here up with some names that included Terry Newberry, Todd Waits, Jack Kerr, and Dusty Watson.
“I can learn a complete checklist of people that have been actually good to work with,” Lewis stated.
There are numerous who’ve loved working with Lewis over time, together with Sardinian enterprise proprietor Ty Buck and present Sardinian mayor James Schroeder, who served as a council member previous to turning into mayor.
“Chief Louis has a coronary heart for society and has watched Sardinia and different communities as his lifelong mission. It has been a pleasure working with Jim, and whereas I’ll miss seeing him work in an official capability, I do know he’ll proceed to serve and assist his colleague in retirement. Serving to folks is just not a job for the president, it’s merely who he’s as an individual.” Schroeder stated, “The spine of any nice society is made up of individuals just like the president who embody service above self.”
Earlier than Louis took over as chief of police in Sardinia, the Sardinian Police Division was in dire straits. The village has been the sufferer of lawsuits introduced by a former police chief, and plenty of villagers have misplaced their appreciation for the police division.
When the mayor of Sardinia, Todd Pombalog, requested Louis to take over as Sardinian police chief, his reply was “no.” Luis was conscious of the circumstances within the Sardinian Police Division, however after an extended dialog with Pombalog he determined to take the job.
“It took two hours earlier than I took the job,” Lewis stated. Given his choice, Lewis is happy that he took the place as president. The beginning was solely alleged to be non permanent, however Lewis determined he cherished the job sufficient to remain put till retirement. He thanked Pombalogh for the time it took to persuade him to take up the place of village police chief, and since then has labored laborious over the previous 12-and-a-half years to enhance relations between the Sardinian Police Division and Sardinians.
“It was laborious after I began due to some historical past with the police division, however we did a number of PR to maneuver residents to the place they worth the police division,” Luis stated of it when he took over as Sardinian police chief.
“Sardinia is a superb neighborhood,” stated Chief Luis. “I cherished working right here.”
Life in legislation enforcement requires household assist, and Lewis has obtained a number of assist from his relations all through his profession.
Lewis stated he was grateful to have obtained the assist of his dad and mom (Jim and Betty), his grandparents, his accomplice of 11 years (Lisa Braswell), and plenty of others throughout his profession.
President Lewis’ son, Joshua Lewis, has continued his profession as a primary responder and works as a firefighter and EMT.
“My household has supported me by all the things, and maybe that is why I’ve held on to it for thus lengthy,” stated President Lewis.
The Sardinian village plans to acknowledge Chief Luis for his years of service to the neighborhood.
The Sardinian village is within the strategy of looking for a brand new police chief to take over after President Luis retires.