After 40+ years with the force, Chief James Lokken retires

Published: Apr. 21, 2017 at 7:58 AM CDT
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James Lokken spent more than forty years on the Williston Police force. And he finished his career on the top. Today, Williston celebrated the chief's retirement.

James Lokken gave his final sign off.

"10-42, 10-92 means 'Out of Service, At home.'"

He says it was a special moment to speak to his son Les, a Highway Patrol Sergeant.

"It was emotional because my son was on the other side of the radio, which was a nice thing that he did."

About 200 people showed up to show their appreciation to Lokken for his distinguished service.

"I'm so grateful, it's such an honor. I never expected that. It's really humbling."

So, what are his retirement plans?

"I haven't been to a movie in 30 years, so I plan on catching up on movies."

While Lokken is from Crosby, he'll always have a home in Williston.

"My wife's from the area, I'm from the area, my son is stationed here. We're not going anywhere, I'm going to continue to live in Williston."

Lokken became Chief of Police in 2008.


Captain Dave Peterson will become the new chief next week.

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