After a law enforcement career that spanned four and a half decades, the Williston Police Department Chief is retiring.
Members of the community as well as law enforcement officers gathered for Chief James Lokken's retirement party. Lokken began his career in Divide County and has served with the Williston Police Department for 42 years. He was chief of police the last eight years.
His final radio dispatch call was sent by his son, a sergeant with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
"I want to thank you for being my mentor. Inspiring me to live a life of service such as you have. I love you, Dad," said Sergeant Les Lokken.
Chief Lokken plans to spend his retirement doing things he hasn't been able to do for a few decades-like catching a movie.
"I haven't been to a movie in 30 years. So I plan on catching up on movies. I don't watch movies but I think I'll have to start. I'm going to make one exception to my rule after 30 years. I really want to see "IT". I'm a big Stephen King fan. I read only non-fiction like that," said Lokken.
David Peterson, the current captain of the Williston Police Department, has been named the new chief of police.