Kearney Police Chief retires after 43 years of service

KEANREY, Neb. (KSNB) - After 43 years of service, Kearney Police Chief Dan Lynch is retiring Friday.

Chief Lynch has taken part in many cases over the years including the Anne Sluti kidnapping. He says that Kearney is the best place to be an officer and he is proud to have served all these years.

“From this desk, you get to interact with a tremendous number of people,” Chief Lynch said. “Good days, bad days it doesn't really make any difference, they're all the opportunity to talk to somebody, help somebody, hear their problem, help them work through it.”

His partner, Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller, says Lynch has always looked on the bright side of any situation and that he will miss working alongside him.

In a time when police recruitment islow, Lynch says he believes being a police officer is a unique field that people should pursue.

“This job is not the same as it was but it's never stayed the same. It is something that evolves and I encourage people who have an interest in this line of work as a profession to pursue that interest,” Lynch said.

Captain Mike Kirkwood will be the interim chief while the city finds a new one.