Pringle retires as Red Lodge Police Chief

A retirement reception was held for Red Lodge Police Chief Richard Pringle at City Hall, Feb. 28. Approximately 100 plus people came by during the 2-hour event to wish him well. Pringle has been with the police department for 13 and a half years, joining in Aug. 1, 2000. He has served in law enforcement for 42 years, including with the Dallas and Stevensville police departments in Texas. Mayor Ed Williams presented Pringle with a gift of a Seiko watch for all “the fine work” he’d done in Red Lodge. In responding Pringle thanked people for coming and said he’d been able, “to live my dream in Montana and the mountains. I shall miss everybody but I will be around still. I’ll see a different side of the town now. I appreciate everyone coming out today and don’t hesitate to call me and ask questions. When asked if he’d still help with some of the major events in another capacity, namely during the Beartooth Rally, he joked, “I might get a motorcycle, a Harley. Grow my hair out and play the part.” Pringle is undecided on his plans as to where to move but does know he will spend more time with his grandchildren. When Pringle first came to Red Lodge, he said the police department operated out of a small building that was the old fire department and that their police vehicles were Chevy Luminas, which were “hard to get around in during the winter.” He added it would be hard to, “Get out of the habit of listening to the sirens and waiting for a phone call.”

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. It will reopen, Feb. 21.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
    Red Lodge Call to Action (RLCTA) meets the third week of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Honey's Cafe. Non-partisan and open to all, the purpose of the group is to empower our community to be effective activists on local, state and national issues. The next meeting will be Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.