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Council Recognizes Extensive Service to the City August 22, 2018

At this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Benetti presented Sergeant Robert Lounsbury, who recently retired from the Police Department, a plaque in appreciation for over thirty-five years of dedicated service to the citizens of Coos Bay.  

Sergeant Lounsbury began his career with the Coos Bay Police Department on March 23, 1983, as a member of the Department's Explorer Post 511. He volunteered as a Police Explorer for six years rising to the rank of Captain. In 1989, he was sworn in as a Police Reserve Officer and continued his volunteerism until he was hired as full-time Police Officer in November of 1990. As a volunteer, Lounsbury put in thousands of hours in ride-alongs, community events, traffic control, crime scene security, and countless other activities.

During his tenure as a full-time officer, Lounsbury held many positions within the Department including Explorer Post Adviser, Field Training Officer, Safety Town Instructor, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer, and Bicycle Patrol Officer. On December 1, 1999, Lounsbury was promoted to the rank of Sergeant which he has held until his retirement. As a Sergeant, he was an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, Traffic Stops Instructor, and Survival Skills Instructor. Additionally, he was also assigned to Investigations and he supervised the unit for two years.

In 2006, Lounsbury organized, planned, and led a team of Coos Bay Police Officers on a goodwill mission to the United Kingdom to learn about their policing and to share training around drug and domestic violence topics. This trip became known as Coos Bay to UK 2006.  He has represented the Coos Bay Police Department at two Western Police and Fire Games and one World Police and Fire Games.

In Lounsbury’s off time, he has competed in numerous Iron Man Triathlons across the Western part of the United States, always representing himself, the Coos Bay Police Department, and the Bay Area in positive ways. We would like to congratulate Robert Lounsbury on his service to our community for the last 35 years.

PHOTO-Courtesy Councilor Kilmer