Retired Eagle Point Police Chief Dave Strand was honored at the beginning of the Jan. 12 Eagle Point City council meeting.
As he presented Strand with a plaque, City Administrator Dave Hussell said, “I’m presenting this to a friend, a partner for a decade-plus. It is a difficult time for me personally. (Dave) has been a perfect fit, done a wonderful job bringing together a young police force. He has been part of a team.”
The plaque noted Strand’s dates of service from Jan. 2, 1998 to Jan. 1, 2010. The plaque recognized Strand’s leadership, vision and decision making ability.
“I appreciate everything the council has done,” said Strand as he received a standing ovation from staff and community members. “It’s been quite a ride. This has been the greatest bunch of employees I’ve ever worked with.” He acknowledged council members present and past and the editor of the Independent whom he said treated him with honesty. “Twenty-two years as chief is enough,” concluded Strand. And again, the audience stood and applauded him.
Mayor Leon Sherman noted in selecting staff it is not just qualifications, but the city looks for a fit to meet the needs of the city and community. “Dave Strand filled those needs. You’ve been great and brought our police department into the 21st Century. Really, really appreciate,” said Sherman, whom Strand replaced a dozen years ago as police chief.
The meeting took a refreshment break to enjoy a cake specially designed for Strand complete with a motorcycle as a decoration (Strand rides a Harley) by staff member Bunny Lincoln.
By Nancy Leonard
of the Independent