ROCKLAND, Maine — A large contingent of police officers turned out Monday night at the Rockland City Council meeting to honor one of its own.
The occasion was the retirement of veteran police Officer James Jillson. Jillson wore his uniform on duty for the last time Monday night after 33 years of serving Rockland.
“I almost cannot remember a time that Officer Jillson was not with the city,” Councilor Eric Hebert said. “He personifies everything that is good in a police officer.”
Hebert said Jillson was always professional but was also cheerful and knew how to handle situations in cool and calm ways.
Councilor Larry Pritchett pointed out that his wife works with at risk children and that Officer Jillson always tried to find the most constructive paths to help with those youths.
The council also gave a certificate of commendation Monday night to Laurie Smith in the finance department for 20 years of service. She remains working in the city department.