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Davenport Police Chief Announces Retirement

Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski
Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski

Davenport will soon start looking for a new police chief. Thursday Paul Sikorski announced he's going to retire this summer - on August 29th, the 34th anniversary of his joining the department as a patrol officer.

Then he plans to relax, and think about what he might do next.

"I plan to go find a few mountains somewhere and find some trails, and get away to clear my mind a little bit and just enjoy what God's created here for us, for a little while."

He says he's proud of the work he did in each assignment, on patrol, in the gang and narcotics units, detective bureau, and in tactical operations.

And as chief, for his efforts on crime prevention and modernization.

"Just being able to work with the men and women here bringing group violence intervention here, bringing crime analytics to this police department - it's in its infant stages but that's going to just grow and that's the future of policing here."

Davenport plans to begin a national search for Sikorski's successor next month, and hopes to have a new police chief chosen by the time he retires in August.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.