March 16, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Chief Jim Skidmore was more than a boss – he was my friend. Whenever I came back to West Bend, I made a point of visiting him. The last time was in 1992. My wife and I visited with him and Marge when we were in Florida in 2013.
Although I left the West Bend Police Department in 1980 and eventually left law enforcement in 1989 to begin my career in municipal finance, Chief Skidmore changed my perspective of law enforcement from being just a job to a career.
Many of the values Chief Skidmore taught me during the two year I worked for him followed me throughout my 38 year career in local government.