By Monica Reida Staff Reporter
Outgoing police chief Larry Jerue was honored at a city council meeting on Jan. 22, 2013, for his service in DeWitt.
“The support that I’ve received and the friendships and family atmosphere here is unrivaled,” Jerue said at the city council meeting.
Jerue, who had served as the DeWitt Police Chief since Jan. 14, 2004, promised those present that he wouldn’t cry after “having a long chat with his tear ducts” earlier.
“To say that [he is loved in the community] would be an understatement,” Mayor Jim Rundborg said after the meeting.
According to Daniel Coss, DeWitt City Administrator, Jerue came to DeWitt after serving as deputy chief in Ann Arbor. City Attorney Daniel Matson joked after the meeting that the Ann Arbor Police Department wishes they had kept Jerue.
At the meeting there was unanimous praise for Jerue’s role in the community. Mayor Jim Rundborg remarked that Jerue was both a good chief and a good person.
Jerue is currently under-Sheriff for Clinton County, which Mayor Pro-Tempore Sue Erickson suggested is sharing him with the county rather than losing the beloved chief.
On Feb. 1, 2013, Bruce Ferguson was sworn in as the new police chief of DeWitt.
Other business discussed at the meeting included updates on library fundraising, preparing for resurfacing bidding for North Ridge Street, cabaret license approval and Coss’ appointment to the position of Street Supervisor.