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Memorial dedicated to former chief with 'thundering velvet hand'

'Stan the Man' Stanislowski memorial dedicated


by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tim Birr of the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Bagpipers performs at the dedication of a bronze plaque in honor of former Sherwood Police Chief Delbert Stanislowski Saturday at Veteran's Park in Old Town Sherwood.A major downpour Saturday afternoon wasn’t enough to put a damper on those gathered at Veterans’ Memorial Park for a memorial dedication to former Sherwood Police Chief Delbert Stanislowski.

Packed into several tents, dozens of residents attended the event to pay homage to the man who was affectionately known as “Stan the Man” to almost everyone who was around when he lead the Sherwood Police Department from 1965 through 1981.

Organized by the Sons of the American Legion’s Police Chief “Stan the Man” Citizens Committee, Tess Kies of the Sherwood American Legion Auxiliary spearheaded the event in honor of the man who dealt with residents of the city with a “thundering velvet hand,” dolling out equal amounts of justice and mercy.

Kies said the day was to honor Stanislowski “for giving us the opportunity to know, love and share the stories” of the man who passed away in 2003 at the age of 85.

by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall addresses those attending a plaque installation for former police Chief Delbert Stanislowski May 3 as City Council President Linda Henderson and Tess Kies, who helped organize the memorial dedication, look on.Stanislowski’s own recollection of what he recalls about his first day at work was shared as well.

“They hired me on a Wednesday,” Kies said, reading from what Stanislowski wrote in a family photo album. “Nobody said anything. On Thursday, the Robin Hood Festival started. That scared the Lord out of me. I was ready to leave that night. They had a bunch of rowdies. They liked their beer.”

Kies said that Stanislowski was known to many teens as the chief who would dump their beer out before “taking them home to their biggest fear of all… their parents.”

“Still, to this day, anywhere you go in this town just say ‘Stan’ and you will hear ‘Stan stories’ that will make you laugh, cry, and most certainly, warm your heart,” said Kies. “We are here today to share some of those stories and try to recapture a little bit of how it was then.”

by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tess Kies, a member of the Sherwood American Legion Auxiliary, reads about the attributes of former Sherwood Police Chief Delbert Stanislowski, who many around town simply referred to as 'Stan the Man,' during a dedication and tribute for the late chief.With that, Kies had Stanislowski’s two sons, Bob and Scott Stanislowski, officially christen a bronze plaque by drinking a beer and pouring part of the contents on the post in commemoration of the man who patrolled what was then a much smaller, quainter and quieter city.

After the dedication, Kies asked for more “Stan” stories and several residents shared how Stanislowski helped them out on numerous occasions.

“He was an incredibly compassionate man,” said Judy McCluskey, who lived with the Stanislowskis for a period time when she was younger.

Meanwhile, Stanislowski’s grandson, Shane, said he recalls a time when he was hit in his back by some kids shooting BB guns. After contacting Sherwood police, Stanislowski’s deputy drove Shane around town in search of the boys who they eventually found.

by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tess Kies, center, dedicates a bronze plaque in honor of former Sherwood Police Chief Delbert Stanislowski on May 3 as his sons, Bob and Scott Stanislowski, look on.“So he hauled them into City Hall (then located in the Morback House) and he called their parents,” recalled Shane Stanislowski.

Their punishment?

A spanking from Chief Stanislowski.

“We called it even and he let me watch the whole thing,” said Shane Stanislowski.

During his comments, Scott Stanislowski said he recalled his father treating everyone the same during his tenure as police chief. Once, Scott borrowed his father’s Pontiac, joyriding near what is now City Hall. Across the street was a gas station, and Scott came whizzing by.

“I was having a good time like any 16-year-old would and he was sitting at the gas station (in his patrol car),” said Scott Stanislowski.

Chief Stanislowski gave his son a ticket and the municipal court judge sentenced the younger Stanislowski to 16 hours of community service.

“He treated me like anyone else out there,” Scott Stanislowski said.by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - A plaque in honor of former Sherwood Police Chief Delbert Stanislowski, who served as chief between 1965 to 1981, police was unveiled May 3 in Veterans' Park.

But Saturday’s dedication was also a day set aside as a tribute for local police as part of National Police Week.

During brief comments, Sherwood Police Captain Ty Hanlon said it was important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice since the early days when police departments first appeared in America, noting that the first record of an officer being killed in the line of duty occurred in 1791).

“Since that time, we’ve lost over 20,000 officers,” he said, noting that each day officers go out neither knowing what to expect nor whether they’ll return home that night. “It’s an honor to be here…”

by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Sherwood Captain Ty Hanlon reminds residents of the police officers who have died over the years in the line of duty. National Police Week is May 11-17.



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