Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner reflects on his time with the Police Division

November 27, 2018

NORFOLK - On August 24th of 1987 Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner began his career in Norfolk as Chief of Police and just recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of December.

Chief Mizner said he started his career in Mitchell South Dakota and was there for two years, then spent 10 years in Kearney before he came to Norfolk.

He said when he got to work on his very first day, a room in the basement of the Police Division was full of FBI agents, state patrol investigators, deputies, and Norfolk officers formulating a plan to try and find a missing girl named Jill Cutshall.

“Towards the end they paused and introduced me and then they went out to do their job and I went upstairs to my office, sat down, and asked myself, what do I do now? It was a long process, but we were never able to find Jill, that investigation is still open. We were able to identify and get a conviction on a subject and he’s currently in prison now.”

Chief Mizner says other memorable times in Norfolk included the construction of the Police Divisions new building and the 911 emergency call system upgrades.

He says he will miss everyone he’s worked with and especially miss not knowing what’s going on in town every day when he gets to work.

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