By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Stevens Point police celebrated their new home with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday night.
City officials, community members, business leaders, and law enforcement’s finest gathered at the new location for the celebration of the move to the former Mid-State Technical College building, 933 Michigan Ave. On hand to speak to the public was former Stevens Point Mayor Gary Westcott, current Mayor Mike Wiza, Portage Co. Business Council Ambassador Pete Theisen, and Chief of Police Martin Skibba.
“Congratulations to Marty and his team — they literally worked tirelessly for this move,” said Wiza. “They lobbied hard — I was a skeptic at first, but Marty and his team convinced me that this was the right move giving them the proper amount of space, I have to tell you, it exceeded my expectations so far.”
“A lot of folks deserve a lot of credit,” said Westcott. “I think it’s important to remember, that although this is a wonderful improvement on the facility that they’ve had for many years, the community and the commission is always mindful of the work that the men and women of the police department do.”
Last to speak was a humbled Skibba, who made closing remarks and thanked the community for their support.
“Clearly, many many officers have come before me; many council members, alders, and commissioners that spoke about our needs and recognized it, and I happened to be here at the right time and the right place,” said Skibba. “I thank everyone who has kind of carried the heavier weight before me and I get to take credit for it.”