I am sitting here looking at a blank screen trying to compose this letter. Part of my former career depended on wordsmithing, but it seems to escape me now. Then I thought about the word "thanks." We tend to use it so often; I believe the meaning is a bit diluted, so I went to my trusty Thesaurus to see if there was a better word. I found thanks to also mean gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation.
The subject of my contemplation is the retirement of our Police Chief Marvin Hoover. Where my general thoughts are gladness for the richly deserved rest from law enforcement pressures, I also must admit a sadness that the security this community has enjoyed under his watchful duty is at an end. It is evident he loves this community and has protected it with honor and courage.
In the eight and a half years I have been Mayor, I have witnessed his influence in helping to establish the K-9 program to stem the tide of drugs; helping to organize and instruct the Clatskanie Emergency Response Team (CERT); save lives; put bad guys in jail; and receive the Medal of Valor from the police agencies in Oregon for going into a hot situation to try and save his friend, Chief Painter. There were many daily issues he dealt with as our Chief. The list could go on and on. I have also heard many compliments from all over the county about our Chief.
I have a particular respect for law enforcement officers because my “baby” brother is a retired Sheriff Deputy; my nephew was an officer until his deployment to Iraq and as an EMT on an ambulance in Lincoln County, I worked with both State Police and Sheriff’s Deputies on a regular basis. Without honorable officers, we would live in a world of chaos and lawlessness. I consider Chief Hoover an honorable man and officer.
And so I say, thanks Chief Hoover for a job well done. You have this community’s gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation. Enjoy your retirement knowing we will miss you and wish you all the best. Just take it easy on the elk, bear and fish that you will have more time to pursue!
Mayor Diane Pohl