Chief Meeker retires after 30 years in a police uniform

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Eagle Point formally said farewell to Police Chief John Meeker at last week’s city council meeting. The staff acknowledged his years of service nearly a month ago at a potluck luncheon. At that time fellow officers presented Meeker with a watch and a “card” which is actually a framed glass enclosed wall hanging with signatures and well wishes from each staff member. He and his wife, Nancy, received a dinner cruise on the Columbia and  overnight lodging at the Mariott in Portland from the staff.

At the staff farewell, City Administrator Dave Hussell, spoke from the heart when he said he had gotten to know John Meeker a lot better during the last 10 months. “I didn’t know all the skills he had,” said Hussell. “We will miss him terribly.” In a letter of commendation, Hussell noted Meeker’s outstanding service through his exceptional career where he has shown quality leadership

At the Nov. 9 city council meeting, Mayor Sherman presented a plaque to Meeker on behalf of the city recognizing his 22 years of service and the ranks he obtained during that period of time. Following a standing ovation from a nearly full house, Meeker expressed his deep appreciation first to his wife, then to the council, staff, fellow officers and community.       

John was one of 12 Meeker children raised on the outskirts of Eagle Point. He graduated from Eagle Point High School, served in the military from 1973-1980 in Germany and at Fort Ord. He received three Army honors and was named Soldier of the Year for the 3rd Armored Division in1975. In 1980, he joined the Talent Police Force and in 1987-88, then Police Chief Leon Sherman asked Meeker to come home and be a member of the Eagle Point Police force. At that time the population of Eagle Point was about 3,000.Today the population hovers near 9,000. 

He has twice been recognized for outstanding service by Eagle Point Police Department and also as an off-duty officer for saving two children from possible drowning at Jedediah Smith State Park.

John’s wife, Nancy, retired this year after 31 years with District 9. She spent 24 of those years as the junior high (middle school) library coordinator.  Once their home sells, the Meekers will move north to enjoy their grandchildren.   
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

 

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