As assistant chief, Thielking handled all police business when the chief wasn’t available; assisted Holt with administrative responsibilities; maintained scheduling for patrol, special events, court, training, vacation and comp time; answered emergency calls and investigations; and monitored computer technology and maintenance needs.
Of the department, he notes, “I think we have a great bunch of officers. I think they are abolutely on board with what’s best for the city. They work hard and train hard. I think the city is fortunate to have the officers that we have.” When they are off duty, some hang out, perhaps by attending a ball game or going on an out-of-town vacation.
Now the new retiree will be able to spend more time with his wife and three kids, Chris, 33; Lauren, 23; and Vanessa, 21. He reveals, “I purchased my retirement boat, a 17-foot Fincraft, this spring” to continue a favorite pastime, fishing in secluded areas.
Thielking will miss one advantage of his police vehicle. “The speed!” he says with a laugh. “Every boy likes his toy. How often can you get in a car and drive fast and not get a ticket?”
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