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SCHERERVILLE — The Town Council said goodbye to Police Chief David Dowling during what was his last Town Council meeting Feb. 14. Dowling was given a plaque for his years of service and he, officials and those in the audience were treated to coffee and cake after the meeting.

Dowling’s last day on the job was Feb. 16. He announced his retirement earlier in the year along with his intentions to run for Lake County sheriff. Deputy Chief Dennis Zagrocki was named as interim chief.

“Thank you for your service and dedication to the town of Schererville,” Town Council President Mike Troxell told Dowling, who received a standing ovation

Dowling said his police work was the career he’d “dreamed of” as a boy. His father was police chief in Hammond and his brothers were police officers, and Dowling thought he’d fulfilled his dream of service.

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During the same meeting, the council also appointed Deputy Fire Chief Robert Patterson permanent chief of the department.

In other business, it approved a resolution that allowed the town to enter into an equipment lease-purchase agreement with Flex Financial. The agreement will allow the Fire Department to acquire new emergency medical equipment.

During the meeting the town approved the acquisition of property along Joliet Street. The property at 143 W. Joliet St., near the Le Jardin condominium development, was being sold in an estate sale. The town acquired it for $106,000.

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