Gene Forsythe served as the Manawa police chief from May 1972 through November 1990.
His family recently presented the city a memorial in his honor.
Following a military career, Forsythe and his wife Barbara decided to settle down in the Manawa area so that their children David, Michelle and Raymond, could complete their education in one place.
His management experience, core values and common sense were instrumental in bringing the police department from the basement of City Hall and into the modern era.
After 18 years as police chief, Forsythe retired from the department.
Both he and his wife continued to be active and serve the community in many different capacities.
They believed in public service and its rewards were often not seen or recognized.
They both passed away unexpectedly in 2016.
The memorial was presented by their children David Forsythe, Michelle Waggoner and Raymond Forsythe in recognition of their parents’ service to the community and to act as an inspiration to others.