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Longtime Hillsborough Officer to Retire

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
Lt. Scott Nicolaysen ― who joined the town in July 1999, fresh out of basic law enforcement training ― will retire Dec. 1.

Lt. Scott Nicolaysen will retire this Sunday, Dec. 1, after more than 20 years of service with the Hillsborough Police Department.

He will be recognized Dec. 9 at the Board of Commissioners meeting at the Town Hall Annex, 105 Corbin St.

“Lt. Nicolaysen has been an excellent public servant to the town and its citizens, a role model to the department, and a leader I am proud to have served with,” Police Chief Duane Hampton said. “His presence here will be missed, but his impact and contributions will never be forgotten.”

Nicolaysen was sworn in as a Hillsborough officer in July 1999, after completing basic law enforcement training. Three years later, he was promoted to investigator. Promotions to sergeant and lieutenant followed in 2005 and 2015. He ends his career with the town as the supervisor of the Investigations and Community Service Division, responsible for the Police Department’s investigative functions, property and evidence management, community engagement activities, and training.

Although he officially retires Sunday, Nicolaysen’s final day of active work was Nov. 15. Lt. Davis Trimmer has assumed supervision responsibilities of the Investigations Division, which also oversees the Community Services Unit. 

Prior to joining the town, Nicolaysen served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years, including as a fire chief, in his native state of New York. Highlights of his career with the town include being recognized by the Hillsborough Exchange Club as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2009. He also served on a board for pretrial services for Chatham and Orange counties and earned intermediate and advanced law enforcement certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission in addition to completing certification for criminal justice investigation.

“Lt. Nicolaysen is the example of what every leader should strive to be,” said Patrol Lt. Charles White, who previously served in investigations under the retiring officer. “Not only was he dedicated to the town and the department, he was much more so to every officer ― regardless of whether they were within his supervision chain.”