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John Klundt retires from KPD

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KENNEWICK, WA- After more than 40 years of public service, a Kennewick police officer has called it a career.

Current and retired officers filled the police department's training room Wednesday to say goodbye to retiring John Klundt.

Longtime police chief Dutch Lincoln hired Klundt in the summer of 1966.

Klundt served as a commissioned officer, a reserve officer, a juvenile specialist, and evidence technician.  

"Evidence is like Christmas," Klundt says. "You've got 60 to 70 people out there bringing you presents every day and you never know what to expect. And yes, you have to track it. There's evidence back there from when I started in the 1970s."

Klundt says his immediate plans include taking advantage of the fall Chinook run. After the fishing trip, he and his wife of 45 years, Betty, plan to spend time at the family cabin outside of Spokane.