Pringle retires as Red Lodge Police Chief

Photo by Alastair Baker Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams honored retiring Police Chief Richard Pringle last week.

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.”