There will be a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Point City Council meeting to honor retiring Eagle Point Chief of Police John Meeker and officially swear in the a new police chief who will be Vern Thompson.
Thompson spent 28 years with the Kelso, Washington police force where he served in every capacity except chief.
He attended Bellevue Community College, before transferring to Brigham Young University where he played varsity basketball for three years. Thereafter he played ball in Venezula and then was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 8th round but was injured prior to training camp. Thompson received a B.A. in social sciences from Washington State University and a masters in management from Bellevue University in Nebraska.
Thompson has attended the three-month FBI Academy Command Institute on leadership, ethics, legal issues and so forth. He has been part of the Type 3 hazardous management, which wrote the incident action plan for Clark County (Seattle) public health on H1N1 vaccine when it was in very limited supply.
There were a number of applicants for the chief’s position. When the selection committee narrowed the choice, Chief John Meeker and City Administrator Dave Hussell visited Kelso. They met and talked to numerous people involved with law enforcement in that area and then visited Thompsons at their home. “Not only was this an opportunity for them to see and talk with us in a more casual atmosphere, it gave us opportunity to get to know more about them and the community,” noted Thompson’s wife, Danielle.
Thompson and his wife were in Eagle Point late last week looking at property and said they may have found just what they want. They will be living in Eagle Point.
Danielle is a detective in Longview, Washington. At least for a while, she will continue her position there. They have found reasonable flights between Medford and Seattle so will probably utilize those services on weekends for now.
Thompsons have four adult children, living from the west coast to the east coast.
Thompsons said they have a very warm feeling about Eagle Point whether it is on street, in a local restaurant or at city hall. They feel it is very important to be part of the community. In fact, after Thompson is sworn in on Tuesday, Nov,9 he will make his first public appearance as the guest speaker for the Veteran’s Day event at the Covered Bridge, on Nov. 11,
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent