Chief George HansenChief from 1975 - 1978
George Hansen was born on May 3, 1921 in Falls City, Nebraska. Hansen met his wife, Donna, while the two were attending the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty- eight years before becoming chief of police. Though he was only the chief for three years, Hansen is remembered for his modern policing approaches and making lasting changes within the department. He was the first chief to hire women as commissioned officers. He introduced team policing, changed the uniforms, the badge, the shoulder patches, and the color of police cruisers.
The Lincoln Police Department was grateful for the transformations George Hansen made as chief. It is believed that he improved the department as a whole and increased the department's professionalism. After resigning as chief and taking a position in Fresno, California, Assistant Chief Dean Leitner as was appointed as police chief.
The Sun - unknown date, 1975
Headline: Hansen - He's no Dick Tracy cop
George Hansen's first few weeks in office (he began work Sept. 29) hasn't found him in shoot outs with desperados, but rather at something as quiet as his manner suggests. He's been meeting and talking with people to find out more about his new department.
Hansen is not only quiet, but if his many years of education mean anything, he's a thoughtful person. The 54-year-old retired army officer's list of alma maters included George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and several Army training schools throughout the nation. He also attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1946 before rejoining the Army.
Hansen joined the Nebraska National Guard prior to World War II and served with that outfit until 1945. He was in the service for 28 years and retired in 1967.
The graying haired chief served as public safety director in Sunnyvale, Calif. before coming to Lincoln. He served as director for four and one-half years.
He was born and raised in Falls City and his wife, Donna's hometown in Sterling. They met while attending UNL, he said.
His wife's mother and sister live in Lincoln. His mother and other relatives live in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.
He said his family has always come to Lincoln for vacations, and although they have traveled and lived in almost every section of the country, they have always considered Lincoln to be their home.
Hansen said he and his wife have always planned to retire to Lincoln. He said his family is so happy about their move to Lincoln that "they can't see straight."
The couple have five children ranging in ages from 10 to 25.