ZPD Police Chief Eric Lambes Retires

by Mackenzie Stasko on November 27, 2013 at 6:48 am

Since 1981, Lambes has patrolled the streets of Zanesville, made sergeant, lieutenant and has spent the last 13 years as Zanesville’s Police Chief. On Wednesday, Zanesville City Council members, friends, family and other law enforcement officers stopped by the police station to wish Lambes well at his retirement party. Lambes says there’s no particular reason for why he’s retiring, just that it’s "time."

"I’ve been here 32 years. That’s passed the average police officers time. Just things fit in my family life and things are in pretty good shape here I feel and there’s a good group of officers here and there’s a good group of administrators to take over so I feel comfortable leaving," Lambes explained.

Lambes says he considers the department "family" and says it’ll be a big adjustment not seeing them everyday. One of his biggest accomplishments as chief of police is surviving the "rough budget times," and working through them as a "team." As for what he’s learned over the past 32 years, Lambes says he’s realized there’s not as many bad people in the world as you may think.

"There’s a lot of good people that do bad things sometimes. And the criminal justice system hopefully makes them wiser of their errors and brings them back to being a good productive member of society but most people have a lot of good in them."

Chief Lambes says he wants to thank the citizens of Zanesville, the administration and City Council for working together with him and the police department. Capt. Kenneth Miller will take over as interim chief.