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Ripon City Council recognizes Harvey Douma for his efforts

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Ripon City Council recognizes Harvey Douma for his efforts

Mayor Chuck Winn paid tribute to Harvey Douma with a City of Ripon proclamation Tuesday in recognizing him for his many accomplishments.


POSTED June 5, 2014 1:44 a.m.

Harvey Douma has the distinction of the longest tenure as Chief of Police for the City of Ripon.

At 97, he’s the oldest living alumnus of Ripon High. Douma is part of the Class of 1935.

Last month, he was honored with the first Harvey Douma Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ripon Rotary Club. The service organization created the award in his honor as a way of recognizing and honoring Rotarians who, like Douma, have made immeasurable contributions to the club.

At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, he was honored again but this time with a proclamation.

“Harvey’s a franchise player,” said Mayor Chuck Winn.

Vice Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt, who was once Douma’s right-hand man on the police force, noted that such recognition was long overdue.

Councilman Dean Uecker called Douma a great inspiration while colleague, Leo Zuber, added that Harvey’s contributions to the community were unbelievable.

Douma was only a year-and-a-half old when he arrived in Ripon in 1918. He was married 58 years to Etta Mae Ramsey. They had three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He served his country in World War II and, in 1951, joined the police. From 1963 to 1982, Douma served as the police chief.

As a charter member of Ripon Rotary, he twice earned the Paul Harris Award.

Douma was grand marshal of the 1968 Almond Blossom Parade and held the same honor at the RHS Centennial Parade.

In addition, he was a charter member of the Ripon Historical Society, a life member of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, and has been a member of the Safety Council for over 55 years.

“The City Council, speaking on behalf of all our people, publicly expresses our sincere appreciation of Harvey Douma for his outstanding contributions to the community, maintaining the highest standards of excellence both personally and professionally and providing an example for others to follow,” said Winn, reading the proclamation.

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