Former Lexington Police Chief Charlie Clark died Wednesday, August 24, in Waverly . He was 71. He served as Chief of Police in Lexington for 25 years, retiring in 2010. Charlie Clark was employed with the Lincoln Police Department for 16 years, reaching the rank of Sergeant before moving to Lexington in October of 1985 to take the job of Chief of Police, which he held until his retirement. After, retiring in 2010, he moved to Waverly, NE in 2013, where Charlie got to enjoy being a grandpa and spent time traveling with his family. Chief Clark is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandy and numerous family members and relatives.
Current Lexington Police Chief Tracy Wolf offered this statement about the death of Charlie Clark: “I was just finishing up my second year with the department when Charlie came from Lincoln PD and was hired as the Lexington Police Chief in October, 1985. I was the youngest officer at that time and worked for Chief Clark for almost 25 years. I have my own style of policing, but I know that he had an influence on my law enforcement philosophy. One cannot understand what all comes with being a police chief until you hold that position and for that reason he earned my respect of referring to him as “Chief” even after he retired.”
Chief Wolf says, “Chief Clark loved the numbers and enjoyed tracking department statistics. He expected the officers to cover their shifts, handle calls and do follow-up investigations. He was a stickler when it came to any type of paper work or reports. Chief Clark was always very budget conscious and aware that it was the citizen’s tax dollars. He always wanted to do more with less. He expected his officers to treat everyone the same and show no favoritism.” Chief Wolf adds, “Chief Clark was a good husband, father, friend and boss. Several of the officers and dispatchers he hired are still with the police department. He will be missed by all.”
A Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3, at the Cozad Church of Christ, 2117 Newell Street. Private family interment in the Elwood Cemetery.
Full obituary for Charlie Clark & condolences online: Roperandsons.com.