SIOUX CITY | After 35 years on the force, one of Sioux City's longest-serving policemen is hanging up his badge.
Capt. Melvin Williams told the Journal Thursday he will retire from the Sioux City Police Department on Sept. 30.
Williams, 62, is the department's second-longest tenured officer behind Chief Doug Young, who joined the department one year prior to Williams. Young said Thursday he has been able to witness firsthand Williams' consistency and dedication over the years.
"He's been a loyal servant to the citizens of Sioux City," Young said. "He's done a very good job at whatever he's been tasked with, and you could always count on him to step in and get the job done."
Williams, who was promoted to the rank of captain in 2003, said 62 seemed like the right time to retire and "let other folks have a shot at it." He applauded the department's fresh, new talent, as well as the way it has kept at the forefront of law enforcement practices through the years.
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"It's a high-quality department," Williams said. "They've done a lot of cutting-edge stuff."
Williams said while he's had many experiences, it's hard to identify a favorite moment.
"All of my experiences, whether it be just flat-out working the afternoon shift or working the detective bureau, have all been learning experiences," he said.
Williams lives in Sioux City with his wife, Jill. Williams has two daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter, two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Young said he anticipates Williams' position will be filled in mid-October.
The city will hold a retirement party for Williams at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Police/Fire Building, 601 Douglas St.