November 16, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Chief Rowe Announces Retirement

head shot photo of lynn rowePolice Chief Lynn Rowe has announced his intention to retire, effective Jan. 15, 2010.

Rowe has served as Springfield’s Police Chief since 1993. During that time, the department has earned five successful accreditation reviews from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Department boosted its officer ranks through the successful Greene County Law Enforcement Tax Initiative in 1997, and also has undergone a major technology change with computers in police cars and has re-introduced the canine unit.

He also has overseen the construction and opening of the department’s second full-service facility at the Southside District Station in 2002 and the renovation of the main Police Headquarters in Government Plaza completed in 2005.

City Manager Greg Burris said he plans to name an interim Chief before beginning a nationwide search for Rowe’s successor.

“Chief Rowe will be missed. He has guided the Springfield Police Department through both choppy waters and smooth, and under his leadership, the department has earned a national reputation as a top-quality unit,” Burris said. “We all wish the Chief the best of luck in whatever new endeavor he chooses.”

Rowe said he intends to seek new professional challenges, but will be available to assist in the transition process for a new Chief as much as requested.

“In spite of recent difficulties, the last 16 years have been productive and rewarding,” Rowe said. “The employees have given 100 percent and I am proud of their accomplishments. I have been privileged to serve in the City of Springfield.”

head shot photo of marilyn grierAlso retiring at the same time as Chief Rowe is Marilyn Grier, Senior Executive Secretary to the Police Chief. Grier is currently the longest-serving employee for the City of Springfield with nearly 45 years of service when she retires. That also makes her one of the longest-tenured employees in City history.

Grier has worked in the Police Department for her entire career, serving under five chiefs. This is the only job she has ever held.

An avid long-distance runner, she is a well-known figure in the local running community having competed successfully in three marathons and many local 5K and 10K runs. Grier said she is looking forward to spending more time with her six grandchildren and spending more time gardening.

A joint retirement reception will be held for both Rowe and Grier at a date and location to be announced.

Prior to being named Springfield’s Chief, Rowe worked in Cape Coral, Fla., and the Denver metropolitan area. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI LEEDS program in Quantico, Va.

Rowe is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum and the FBI National Academy Associates.

For more information, contact: Police Chief Lynn Rowe, 864-1782; or City Manager Greg Burris, 864-1006.

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