Former West Richland chief of police laid to rest

Former West Richland chief of police laid to rest

West Richland’s former chief of police was laid to rest on Thursday after he passed away earlier this month at the age of 72.

Chief Michael Noski served the City of West Richland from 1986 to 1999. He was a longtime West Richland resident who dedicated his life to bettering the community alongside his wife, former Mayor Donna Noski, West Richland police said on Facebook.

Noski attended Central Washington University where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree, then enlisted in the Army. Once he returned from duty, he began his law enforcement career with the Ellensburg Police Department.

he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 1985 and moved to Tri-Cities to become West Richland’s police chief the following year.

“Under Mike’s leadership, the department flourished and became an organization respected by the community and other law enforcement entities,” his obituary says. “Even though he thoroughly enjoyed his years in law enforcement, his military career was his greatest reward.”

He served in the Army Reserve and active duty before retiring from the military at the level of Command Sergeant Major.

In his spare time, he enjoyed mountain climbing, handball, racquetball, snowshoeing, skiing, swimming, bicycling, hunting and fishing. He participated in numerous biathlons and triathlons and was passionate about sports.

His graveside funeral service was held at Sunset Gardens off the Bypass Highway in Richland, where he was buried with military honors.

“Law Enforcement, family and friends from around the area were present to say goodbye. He will be missed but not forgotten,” West Richland police said.

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