Kirk honored at city council
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[December 16, 2009]
At the opening of the Tuesday
night committee-of-the-whole meeting of the city council, Mayor
Keith Snyder announced that two special presentations would be made
before the regular meeting began.
He called on Lincoln Chief of Police Stuart Erlenbush to make the
Cpl. Oltmanns receives commendation
Erlenbush said that he was offering a commendation to Cpl. Dave
Oltmanns. He explained that the recognition was for an event that
occurred in January of this year but that busy circumstances in the
police department had prevented this award from being given earlier.
Erlenbush read the following prepared statement:
This is to Corporal
Dave Oltmanns, an accommodation dated December 15th, 2009.
On January 31st
2009 you were involved in an investigation regarding a female
juvenile disappearance from her residence.
diligently obtaining information that led to the identification of
those individuals from the state of Ohio who had secretly traveled
to Lincoln and picked up the female near her residence.
had been told be the females parents that the daughter could not go
with them to Ohio.
You were able to
make direct contact with the suspect and convince him to stop and
turn himself in along with the juvenile at the Indiana Ohio border.
investigation involved the Indiana State Police, the FBI, Logan
County States Attorney, and the Lincoln Police Department.
resulted in the arrest of the suspect who was returned to Logan
County where he was charged with child abduction. The suspect
subsequently pled guilty to child abduction, was subject to 6 months
in jail, and is now a registered sex offender in the state of
I hereby commend
you for your initiative and immediate action that led to the
recovery of the victim. Your prompt action and your ability to
convince the suspect to turn himself into police were instrumental
in the recovery of the victim and the prosecution of the offender.
reflect highly on the dedicated service of all police officers, the
Lincoln Police Department, and the City of Lincoln.
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City recognizes Jim Kirk for years of service
Tracy Jackson, city streets and alleys superintendent, introduced
Jim Kirk to the audience. Kirk will be retiring from the city street
department at the end of December after 44 years, eight months and
22 days with the city.
Snyder presented to Kirk his last shovel. He read the inscription
on the shovel:
To James A Kirk,
Lincoln Streets and Alley's department, May 11th 1965 to December
In addition the mayor read a resolution from the Illinois House
of Representatives, submitted by Rep. Rich Brauer.
The 96th General
Assembly of the House of Representatives acknowledges Jim Kirk in
recognition of 44 years with the city of Lincoln Street Department
and calls for commemoration of a successful career and further
extends its best wishes for long years of happiness and a well
earned retirement. Offered by Representative Rich Brauer; signed by
Michael Madigan, the Speaker of the House.
In addition to the resolution, Brauer included a laminated copy
of a news article about Kirk and a photo of Kirk with his city
[By NILA SMITH]