by Dennis Dalman
Cited for his leadership and quality service to the city’s safety, Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes received a Meritorious Service medal from the city council at its June 9 meeting.
In a brief ceremony before the council meeting, Sartell Mayor Joe Perske presented the medal, and police officer Dale Struffert pinned it to Hughes’ uniform.
Perske said Hughes has shown expertise in providing outstanding public safety, in making the city a welcoming and friendly place, in helping handle deftly the catastrophe at the Verso paper mill two years ago and in keeping the Drug Awareness and Education program going for students.
In accepting the medal, Hughes deflected credit away from himself to his staff and officers and reserve officers.
“Without them, I couldn’t do what I do.”
Hughes also thanked former Sartell police chiefs for setting high standards – the late Jerry O’Driscoll, who hired Hughes 23 years ago; and Bob Ringstrom, who preceded Hughes as chief.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.