September 3, 2013

Retired Sergeant Jim Skinner 1943 - 2013

The Santa Cruz Police Department lost another of our retired ranks with the passing of retired Sergeant Jim Skinner.  Jim passed away Saturday August 31, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

Jim was remembered by those he worked with as a good man and a good Sergeant.  He was the kind of Sergeant that knew how to handle any kind of situation and how to motivate his teams.  
Graveyard Team circa 1993-ish???
Just like the late Sergeant Andy Crain, Jim was a stickler for professional radio traffic and always demanded the best from his teams.  Not many of us working in that day escaped without a friendly request to return to the office to have a chat about our radio demeanor :-)  In spite of that, Jim was always more than happy to offer his talents toward a practical joke. 

Jim Sporting the old "Light Blues"

Jim started his nearly 25 year career with the Santa Cruz Police Department on August 4, 1971.  He retired on April 19, 1996.  

From the many officers you helped influence and guide throughout your time here...We Thank You!  You will be missed.  

Services for Jim are still pending.