After 37 years with the Mandan Police Department, we are deeply saddened to report that Deputy Chief Paul Leingang has lost his battle with cancer. He was just 54 years old.
He was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer back in March and it unfortunately won at 8-15 this morning. We were able to sit down with the Bismarck Police Chief and long-time friend of Deputy Chief Leingang.
“Paul is a loyal, dedicated, loving servant and a courageous protector. That, to me, just defines Paul,” said Chief Dan Donlin.
Chief Dolin had a close working relationship with Deputy Chief Leingang for almost 30 years. He called him a friend, even though there were a few sticky situations between the departments.
He added, “But he knew he could make that phone call, ‘hey, let’s go meet over a cup of coffee.’ And then it was, ‘Uh oh, now what did we do?’ So, just wonderful, wonderful memories for a wonderful man.”
He even called Deputy Chief Leingang a mentor since he had a few years of experience on him.
“I can only hope and wish that I could leave a legacy that Paul has left for Mandan. I would be honored if it was even in the shadow of what he has done,” said Chief Donlin.
He has actually known Deputy Chief Leingang since grade school. His fondest memory is after a little time of no contact, they were both 19 years old, and Deputy Chief Leingang pulls him over. He proceeds to give Chief Donlin a ticket.
Leiutenant Pat Haug with the Mandan Police Department says additional details will be provided later tomorrow after speaking with the family.