BEATRICE – A police captain with over four decades of service in law enforcement was honored by the Beatrice Mayor and city council Monday night, on his last week before retirement.
Gerald Lamkin was presented a plaque by Chief Bruce Lang for being his long-time second-in-command. Asked recently by a sergeant if there was anything he’ll miss about the job, Lamkin said scheduling of officers isn't one of those things.
"He asked me is there anything I'm going to miss and I said yes....being a policeman...that's all I ever wanted to do, besides being a Marine."
Lamkin has been responsible for daily operations and served as Assistant Chief when Chief Lang had to be gone.
"He's been the Captain for quite a long time, and I can just tell you that he has served this community with extreme dedication, and his service will be very, very difficult to replace," said Lang.
Following an internship program in the search for Lamkin’s replacement, Sgt. Daniel Moss has been elevated to the position of Captain. Moss has been with the city for just over eleven years.
"He will be the new guy to tell everybody no...and he'll be the guy to cross the T's and dot the I's...and make sure everything gets done."
Moss’ Sergeant position will now be taken by Officer Zach Smith. Lang says Smith will serve as the overnight commander….a position the Chief said is very important within the department.
"The night sergeant is the guy calling the shots in the evening, making sure policies are followed, making sure the rules are followed and that things go smoothly. It's a really, really important job, because he's the guy. There's nobody to lean on at night. Zach is also the guy who runs our citizen's academy.... you may remember him for that. He's a highly decorated officer and he will fill Captain Dan Moss' night shift, sergeant position."
Its’ been a good week for Zach Smith. The Chief says he just got engaged to the daughter of retiring Captain Lamkin.
Both promoted officers took the oath of office and received their new badges, at Monday night’s city council meeting.