Residents, city officials, and local and statewide law enforcement members gathered yesterday at Osage Beach city hall for the retirement reception for police chief Dave Severson. The chief said in his final days as chief he tried to keep the focus on the community, make sure everyone was on the same page, and keep the city moving forward. Acting chief, Lieutenant Todd Davis, a 19 year veteran of the force, was asked for his thoughts on the almost six years of service from Severson.
The city has made no official announcement yet about a replacement for Severson. A city special police fund has donated one thousand dollars to the local Citizens Against Domestic Violence to have a brick put in their new building commemorating Severson, who acted as its director during his time as chief.