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SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Scot Ford, longtime South Sioux City Police Department chief, has died.

Ford, 68, died Nov. 24, at his home in Tucson, Arizona, following a brief illness, according to his obituary.

Ford first pinned on a South Sioux City police badge Jan. 22, 1974. And on the exact day 42 years later, on Jan. 22, 2016, he retired from his position as police chief. Ed Mahon was later promoted from within the department to serve as chief.

As he retired, Ford told the Journal he signed on to the police department after he got out of the U.S. Army as a way to make a paycheck or two before a new job opportunity came along.

“But I never found anything I liked as much,” said Ford, who served as chief for 26 years.

In his time as a police officer and chief, the department grew from nine to 28 officers. Through “heartwarming highs” and “some real lows,” Ford said in the 2016 interview he and his officers continued their dedication to serving the community to the best of their ability.

“It’s been fascinating to be able to be a part of the things that happen in the community,” he said in the interview. “There are a lot of people that are willing to step up and work on problems.”

Longtime South Sioux City City Manager Lance Hedquist worked closely with Ford for many years.

"Scot Ford was a very prominent citizen who provided great leadership for the police department, and someone who will be missed by the city of South Sioux City and all of the citizens," Hedquist said Friday.

Mayor Rod Koch in 2016 said Ford’s commitment to the public’s well being shined through especially during the unprecedented summerlong flooding along the Missouri River floods in 2011.

“The one word to best describe him is 'professionalism,'” Koch said in an interview.

Ford is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Catherine Ford; his three sons, Parrish Giddings, Thomas Ford and Scot Ford Jr.; a daughter, Carla Knecht; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

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