Rockland honors officer retiring after 33 years on the force

Rockland Patrol Officer James Jillson (center) was honored Monday night by the Rockland City Council upon his retirement after 33 years of service. Pictured with Jillson are Mayor William Clayton (left) and Police Chief Bruce Boucher.
Stephen Betts | BDN
Rockland Patrol Officer James Jillson (center) was honored Monday night by the Rockland City Council upon his retirement after 33 years of service. Pictured with Jillson are Mayor William Clayton (left) and Police Chief Bruce Boucher.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted April 09, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.

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.

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