Frank Cordts: It's time to say "thanks" 2012.06.20

Written by David Green.

Who doesn’t have a bone to pick with Frank Cordts? Of course not everyone does, but it probably seems that way to him sometimes. After a 40-year career as a police officer, you’re bound to pick up criticism along the way.

Despite the disagreements you may have had, despite the tickets you might have received, it’s time to shove all of that aside and thank Frank for a long, dedicated, distinguished service to the community.

Anyone should know that choosing a life of service through law enforcement is far from an easy path, and it presents plenty of opportunities for difficult days and sleep-less nights. Think back over the many incidents that Frank has faced over four decades. Events easily come to mind in which few people would ever want to trade places and stand behind the badge that Frank proudly wore.

Accidents of all kinds, horrible fires, crimes of various nature, angry people—Frank has encountered a lot of adversity on the job, but he’s handled the challenges with confidence, grace and even-handedness, and it’s a job he’s always taken seriously. There’s really no action for residents to take other than expressing gratitude to Frank Cordts for all he did during a 40-year career.

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