Outgoing Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Kilian turned over his job to Lt. Jerry Palmer as they stood before the Lincoln City City Council Monday evening. City Manager Ron Chandler (R) observed “Chief Killian has decided to retire to the golf links” and that LCPD Lt. Jerry Palmer will take over the job.
Now Chief Jerry Palmer said “I thought I’d retire at about the same time as Chief Kilian, but it didn’t quite work out that way. I have enjoyed working with Chief Kilian and wish him all the best. But I didn’t anticipate a new public safety building being in the mix.” Similar sentiments were expressed by City Manager Ron chandler who praised Lt. Palmer and supervised Palmer’s signature on the document that turns the department over to his authority. The City Council and the audience broke in to applause as the two police officers worked their way along a line of City Councilors and shook hands.
Chief Palmer will be officially an interim Police Chief until Kilian gathers another paycheck to make his retirement start-date official. No word yet on whether the city will look for another police chief or allow now-interim Police Chief Jerry Palmer to be eventually declared Kilian’s permanent successor. It may well be newly installed Police Chief Jerry Palmer’s job to get deeply involved in the construction of a new $11 Million dollar public safety building just north of the Outlet Mall.
The City Council then returned to normal council business, appointing three Lincoln City residents to three vacancies on the city’s Visitors and Convention Bureau: they are Laura Joki – local businesswoman, Diana Steinman – employed in the hotel industry and Nathan Cole – citizen at large.
The council then turned their attention to the long running issue of whether to convert a city-owned parcel near NW 22nd and NW Oar into a community park. The site was originally thought to be destined for use as a community pocket park. But the idea didn’t fly in the eyes of a majority of city councilors and asked the city Parks Board to give some thought for a pocket park somewhere else while considering some other use for the city land near NW Oar and NW 22nd.