Kearney police chief reminisces on career, support ahead of retirement

(NTV News)

After 43 years at the department, the chief of the Kearney Police Department has announced his retirement.

NTV News sat down with Chief Dan Lynch to learn more about his time in the position.

Lynch said his experience with the Kearney Police Department has been nothing but marvelous, but said he couldn't have done it without his family.

"It's not a job for everybody and it takes you sometime to actually figure out if it's a job for you," Lynch said.

Beginning his law enforcement career in November 1975, Lynch started as a patrol officer, eventually moving up to captain and then was promoted to chief in 1996.

"It's a job where you learn something new every day," Lynch said. "You see things that other people don't necessarily get to see and you honestly get to work with some of the best people in the world so I wouldn't change that at all."

Over the years, Lynch said there have been some tough days, but it was his support system at home that helped him through.

"My wife, my family," Lynch said. "Without them I never could've pulled that off. I never could've done this."

But despite some of the hard times in his career, overall he said it has been amazing.

When asked what was most memorable, Lynch just couldn't decide.

"There are a lot of them," Lynch said. "I remember them all. I don't rank them. There are positives and negatives to past cases and past involvements, things that I'll never forget."

Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller said he and Lynch grew together, starting their careers around the same time and growing through the ranks together.

"He's had a wonderful career in law enforcement something that he can be very proud of," Miller said. "We are going to miss him. He's done a good job. He's done an honorable job and he is a great chief. Whoever comes behind him is going to have some big shoes to fill and we'll just see where that goes and take it one day at a time."

And to his successor, Lynch said that person should challenge themselves.

"Expect the most, you'll get the most," Lynch said. "Embrace and enjoy this community because it's really unlike most other communities people are aware of. Never quit getting better. Treat people well and you'll be fine."

Lynch said he'll still be with the department until October and the city said they're positive they'll fill the position before that time.

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