Johnson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator N.H. Laseman will officially retire on Monday wrapping up a decade of service to that office. Laseman, 81, logged 57 years of law enforcement service to Cleburne and Johnson County having previously with the Cleburne Police Department.
Laseman joined CPD on Nov. 12, 1964, and retired in 2011 with the rank of deputy chief. Shortly after that he hired on as an investigator with the district attorney.
Laseman joined the U.S. Marines after he graduated from Alvarado High School then applied for and was hired by CPD after he completed his military service.
He began as a patrol officer but later rose to the rank of sergeant, then moved to the department’s criminal investigation division. He laster became lieutenant in charge of CID and eventually the deputy chief over the CID department.
“N.H. doesn’t work for me,” Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said in 2014. “He works with me. He’s such a valuable asset and it’s hard to put into words what an integral part of the D.A.’s office N.H. is.”
Johnson County Attorney Bill Moore that same year characterized Laseman as a quiet man who holds a vast amount of information and knowledge.
Former Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford agreed.
“If you have any questions about what happened, who was there, you don’t have to go any further than N.H.,” Alford said. “He’s the epitome of what a police officer ought to be.”
Johnson County and Cleburne officials in November 2014 celebrated the 50 year mark of Laseman’s law enforcement career. The site of the event, the 413th District Courtroom in the Guinn Justice Center, proved too small for the event as family members, past and present co-workers and assorted well wishers filled the benches, lined the walls and otherwise attempted to shoehorn into the overflowing room.
Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, during that event, defined integrity as doing good when no one is watching.
“That’s N.H.,” Harmon said. “A man of highest, highest integrity. He treats people with respect, that’s why the admire and trust him. Now, he still gets the job done, but he always treats everyone with respect.”
The Chisholm Trail 100 Club in 2017 honored Laseman with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his more than 50 years of service. Alford presented the award to Laseman.
“All up-and-coming officers should strive to be like him,” Alford said.
CPD Sgt. Kelly Summey said she wanted to be among the first to congratulate Laseman on his years of service and his impending retirement.
“Laseman has been a mentor to so many officers, including myself,” Summey said. “When I first started, he told me ‘If you treat people with respect, they will respect you’. Laseman knew every person in Cleburne including their family members.
“If we were looking for someone, he would be the first to tell us about their cousin or aunt or brother-in-law and where they lived. Some people wouldn’t talk to anyone at the police department except Laseman. He was the first one here and usually the last one to leave. If we were conducting an investigation that took us out of town and Laseman was with you, you knew you were going to eat fried chicken somewhere sometime during the trip. He is truly one of a kind and his knowledge, experience and personality will be missed.”
Monday’s retirement celebration for Laseman is open to the public.
The event is from 2-4 p.m. at the Guinn Justice Center, 204 S. Buffalo St. in Cleburne. The come-and-go reception will be in the Child Protection Courtroom on the first floor.