Bill Niesluchowski, well known in Riverside as the village's community service officer, was honored at the March 5 village board meeting for his 50 years of service to the community.
Niesluchowski worked as a police officer in Riverside for 33 years, sworn in by then-Chief Donald Gossling in 1971, before retiring from that post in May 2003. Following his retirement, Niesluchowski was hired on as a full-time community service officer and still works in that capacity on a part-time basis.
"People call the police department and ask for him personally, because they know him," said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in presenting Niesluchowski with a certificate of achievement recognizing his decades of service.
Weitzel noted that Niesluchowski has also been called upon both locally and by other communities to assist in numerous cases where knowledge of sign language is required.
"Bill has come in in the middle of the night to assist other agencies with everything from finding lost children to assisting in criminal investigations when they needed somebody who could sign," said Weitzel.