Griggs retires, Mayo would like to see internal successor

As fellow workers, family and friends honored long-time Gering Police Chief Mel Griggs Thursday, Mayor Ed Mayo said he would like to see the Chief's successor come from members of the current police department.

Captains Jason Rogers and George Holthus will take over on an interim basis, but Mayo says shortly an application process will begin. Mayo believes the best transition would be to limit those applications to those within the department.

Mayo worked with Griggs not only as Mayor, but also as a member of the Scottsbluff Police Department and said after 32 years of knowing him "it was a tough day to see him go."

Griggs said it was a very emotional day for him and his wife Barbara after 45 years in law enforcement, 23 as Gering Police Chief. But Griggs says he still wants to remain active in some capacity.

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