B.J. Wilkinson, right, talks to, from left, City Engineer Dave Wacker and Bruckman Rubber president Jack Schreiner during a meet and greet following his interview to become police chief Monday at the Hastings City Council Chambers.
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#21 Oct 24, 2012
BJ is a good guy who cares about the people of Litchfield. He can be gruff and heavy handed, but all things considered, he has been a hell of an assett to this town. I can tell you this, he knows who the trouble makers are, and he has his troops keep a close eye on them. He embodies the concept of the "thin blue line" between the scumbags and the decent, hard working people. I for one, would miss him.
Since: Nov 08
#22 Nov 7, 2012
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 2:00 am | Updated: 11:31 pm, Fri Nov 2, 2012.
By Sarah Schulz [email protected] m | 0 comments
Posted on November 2, 2012
by Sarah Schulz
HASTINGS -- Grand Island police Capt. Pete Kortum has been named in the new police chief in Hastings.
Kortum has been with the Grand Island Police Department since 1974. He and his wife, Mary, have four adult sons.
The chief announcement came this morning during a special meeting of the Hastings City Council.
Larry Thoren, who was Hastings police chief for 14 years, retired on Aug. 4. He was in law enforcement for 43 years, including 24 as a police chief in two states.
Four finalists, from a field of 27 applicants, were selected by the Hastings Civil Service Commission to replace Thoren. In addition to Kortum, the finalists were Hastings police Capt. Gene Boner, Hastings police Capt. Adam Story, and Litchfield, Ill. Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson.
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#23 Nov 9, 2012
now what? maybe one of our top 4 aldermen should talk Andy & Tom into handing out a 7% pay increase
where its realy DESERVED. course sleeping with one of them in a tent on a hunting trip would be the best he could come up with fer payback ,think!lmao
Since: Nov 08
#24 Nov 9, 2012
As for a 7% pay raise, I think they are paid way to much now!!
And what does that have to do with BJ wanting to get the hell out of Dodge?
#25 Nov 9, 2012
can't realy answer that ?, just realy threw that out there to see if it stuck.
#26 Nov 10, 2012
Executive Summary There have been 70 police chiefs resigning or quitting suddenly this year. In 2009 there were six such incidents. Something is up. We do not know what. These resignations or firings can be verified in google.
POLICE CHIEFS RESIGNING
1. Gaithersburg, MD Gaithersburg Police Chief John King resigned with little explanation last week, leaving his colleagues and community members wondering what happened.
2. Guttenberg, IA Police Chief Resigns After Seven Months on the Job, no reason
3. Harrisburg, PA - Richard Pickles retires after serving a month as Harrisburg police chief
4. Culpeper, VA When Scott Barlow announced two weeks ago he would step down from his job as chief of police with the town of Culpeper, it caught a lot of people off guard, including us.
5. Carbondale, IL - Police Chief Resigns, no reason given
6. Austin, MN - Several Austin City Council members said they were "shocked" by Austin Police Chief Paul Philipp's resignation Tuesday morning.
7. Jonesboro, GA - The City of Jonesboro's new police chief has resigned, five weeks after being named to the top job.
8. Manassas, VA - found this quote: "I hope the Chief enjoys his retirement. Between his service in the Secret Service, Fairfax and Manassas, he's earned it."
9. West Covina, CA - Tolich, a 21-year veteran of the force, retired nine years before he was eligible for full retirement benefits, Finance Director Thomas Bachman said.
In an email Tolich sent to members of the department, he tells fellow officers that a personal matter involving him and his family led to the sudden departure.
These were either benign stories or little info given.
(Bearing in mind that a seasoned cop could probably make a pretty believable alibi for leaving.)
POLICE CHIEFS RESIGNING:
10. Oroville, CA
11. Burlington City, PA
12. Bellmead, TX
13. Bridgeport, WV
14. Gaston, ID
15. Meigs, GA
16. Independence, LA
17. Miami, FL
18. Britt, IA
19. Nickerson, KS
20. New Holland, PA
21. Navarre, OH
22. Glocester, RI
23. Lithonia, GA
24. Harrison, NY
25. Huntsville, AL
26. Moose Lake, MN
27. Boxborough, MA
28. Sutton, WV
29. Itta Bena, MS
30. St. Cloud, FL
31. Menomonie, WI
32. Fanwood, NJ
33. Morton's Gap, KY
34. New Haven, CT
35. Guttenberg, IA
36. South Amboy, NJ
37. Santa Cruz, CA
38. Bakersfield, CA
39. South Pasadena, CA
40. Tulsa, OK
41. Hastings, MN
42. Stamford, CT
43. Dallas, TX
44. Somerville, MA
45. Greensboro, NC
46. Avon, CO
47. Benton, IL
48. Nogales, AZ
49. West Tisbury, MA
50. Gainesville, GA
51. Anniston, AL
52. West Richland, WA
53. Watford City, ND
54. Ponce Inlet, FL
55. Clearwater, FL
56. Monmouth, ME
57. Brookfield, IL
58. Ludowici, GA
59. Orland, CA
60. Springfield, NJ
61. Holt, MO
62. Brookneal, VA
63. Chesterton, IN
64. Edina, MN
65. Birmingham, MI
66. Montebello, CA
67. Vonore, TN
68. Ventnor, NJ
69. New Hartford, NY
70. Kennedy, AL
source http://www.panamalaw.org/large_amount_of_poli... #
#27 Nov 10, 2012
Hastings is not on that list which makes me wonder how many more?
#28 Nov 10, 2012
There is always someone in line to take their place. It's not rocket science to police a town of 7,000 residents. So who gives a shit if they resign.
#29 Nov 10, 2012
I give a shit becouse it is rocket science to control a town of 7,000!
#30 Nov 10, 2012
Do you give from home or from work?
#31 Nov 10, 2012
from the heart!
#32 Nov 10, 2012
Ed consider you're self the reason I ran away from this place with both my middle fingers up at it not looking back!
Since: Nov 08
#33 Nov 10, 2012
More than likely wanted to get out before someone found the skeleton in their closet! Maybe they aren't quite as honest as they should have been or expect everyone else to be!!!(I'm just sayin)
#34 Nov 11, 2012
gee,wonder what kind of research follows joe the plummer quits his od job to become a state senator?
#35 Apr 7, 2013
BJ is gone real soon now and that will be best for everyone.
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