Council commends Light for his years with police department

Cary Ashby • Mar 6, 2018 at 9:00 PM

There were the smallest hints of tears in the corners of Dave Light’s eyes as Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt paid tribute to his decades of service with the police department.

City council passed a resolution Tuesday commending Light for his years of dedication to Norwalk. He retired as chief Feb. 16 after 34 years of full-time service to the city. 

The chief since Nov. 6, 2009, Light was hired as a full-time officer Sept. 18, 1984. His first promotion, to sergeant, came in 1990 and he earned a promotion to captain in 2002. He also was a detective for 12 years. Before being hired full-time, he was a reserve officer for about 18 months.

With the citizens of Norwalk receiving “such a high level of customer service and professionalism” from every officer, “that’s a reflection of your service, Dave,” Wendt said.

The safety-service director also said Light answered the call whenever it was needed and like anybody who has retired from law enforcement and the military, Light will be remembered for his sacrifice, public service, being respected and an expert in his field.

“Thank you, it’s been a pleasure,” Light told council.

After Tuesday’s meeting, several citizens and council members thanked Light and told him how much they appreciated what he did for the city.

Light’s daughter, Micki, said her dad “is such a great father” and it’s fulfilling to hear people affirm the high opinion she has of him and what she already knows.

“With all the crazy shifts all the time, he was always a present father,” she added.

Light’s wife, Kim, soon will join him in the retired life. She will retire March 30, having served Norwalk and Huron County a combined 33 years. Kim Light has spent the last 17 years as the Norwalk Municipal Court administrator.

“I look forward to the next part of our life. It’s going to be about Kim and Dave,” she said. 

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