equals a box of doughnuts
celebrates 22 years as chief
Express Staff Writer
Police Chief Cal Nevland is closing in on the last two weeks of his
30-year police career.
will trade his badge Nov. 30 for some well-earned time hunting and
fishing in Idahoís backcountry. But first his friends, family and
colleagues gathered last weekend, at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum
to toast and roast the retiring 57-year-old chief.
shotgun was presented to retiring Ketchum Police Chief and avid bird
hunter Cal Nevalnd, left, by Assistant Police Chief Mike McNeil.
Friends, family and colleagues gathered over the weekend to bid Nevland
a happy retirement. Express photo by Willy Cook
jokes threaded the afternoon, including cracks about Nevlandís
political struggles with the Ketchum City Council and mayor during his
being presented with two round-trip tickets to the Bahamas "where
the mayor will be escorting you on a bonefish fishing trip,"
Nevland quickly asked, "Which mayor?"
comment, which alluded to Nevlandís struggles with Ketchum Mayor Ed
Simon, was met with uproarious laughter.
friends also spoke about the chiefís stubborn disposition, but Nevland
was quick to try to refine the perception.
donít think Iím stubborn so much as Iím determined," he said.
determination helped the chief win bouts, both involving personnel
issues, with the Ketchum City Council in 1992 and with Simon last
received a number of gifts, the most notable, perhaps, a box of
doughnuts from former Ketchum City Administrator Jim Jaquet. The
aforementioned Bahamas trip, a new shotgun, a plaque mounted with his
badge and a certificate from U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth
were several other gifts.
absent from the affair were any of Ketchumís city council members or
submitting his retirement late in September, Nevland suggested the city
conduct a search throughout the West for candidates with at least five
years experience in "upper management of a police department in a
community similar to ours."
would bring new ideas, while Assistant Chief (Mike) McNeil has knowledge
of what has worked in the past," he wrote.
said he has watched the Ketchum Police Department grow from five
officers and a part-time secretary to a staff of 22.
enforcement has become more of a profession than it was 30 years
ago," he said. "Itís far more sophisticated than it was in
the early í70s."
police practices did not constitute the only changes.
community, of course, has changed tremendously," he said. "I
mean, 10 years ago it was a completely different community. Thereís no
said his immediate retirement plans are to take some time off, before
looking for a more relaxing and less visible job.
the avid bird hunter, some days under Idahoís big blue sky are
promised my dogs that, before weíre all completely over the hill, weíre
going to do some serious bird hunting," he said.
said the city has received resumes from 37 applicants in 16 states for
the position of chief.
have people from Florida, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah. Theyíre
really from all over; some highly qualified people," he said.
morning, the city council and a citizen panel is meeting to wade through
the resumes, but Simon said the meeting will be an executive session,
closed to the public, because of the sensitivity of personnel records
and to protect the current jobs of those who applied.
said the city should conduct interviews early in December.