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News - November 11, 2011

Around Town

MARCH OF THE LIEUTENANTS ... Palo Alto City Hall has seen a slew of new faces in the past year, as dozens of veterans announced their retirement rather than accept the city's recent rounds of benefit reductions. Though the brain drain has impacted every department, the Police Department has been hit particularly hard by retirements in its senior ranks. This week, the City Council said goodbye to two distinguished veterans, Sergeant Rebecca Lynn Phillips and Lieutenant Douglas Keith, who between them have about 50 years of experience. Both officers received special resolutions from the council and rounds of ovation from a crowd of officers and spectators in the Council Chambers. In his departing speech, Keith thanked his wife and children and gave a shout-out to his colleagues in the department. "The Palo Alto Police Department has been my family for the past 27 years," Keith said. "I formed a lot of close friendships, a lot of close bonds and a lot of relationships with other people in different departments in the city." The round of goodbyes isn't ending just yet. Two other popular department veterans, lieutenants Sandra Brown and Scott Wong, are also retiring and are scheduled to receive special resolutions from the council later this month.

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