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Police Chief Throws His Own Farewell Party

Grass Valley’s outgoing police chief ended up throwing his own retirement party…

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The Police Department held an open house and barbecue this afternoon (Wednesday). Many city and local dignitaries were there, along with members of the public. The Fire Department had a ladder truck on display, and there were activities for kids. While John Foster was the one who came up with the idea, the party was actually in his honor…

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Foster announced his retirement in December, but stayed on until a new chief was hired. Foster is leaving, in part to take care of his son who has cancer, but he says he’ll have plenty of other stuff to do…

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As part of the event, a flagpole was dedicated to Foster near the front entrance. At the base, a plaque reads, “In honor of John B. Foster, for his 17 years of selfless dedication to the City of Grass Valley as Police Chief 1998-2015.” (The flag was flying at half staff in memory of those who died in the Belgium terrorist attacks.)

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