Family, friends and fellow officers crowded into city hall Wednesday morning to honor Waxahachie Assistant Police Chief Brad Doughty.
Doughty is retiring from the law enforcement profession after serving almost 25 years.
“In this new adventure and new chapter in your life we wish you all of the best. I have always enjoyed your professionalism and your attitude. You always had a positive attitude,” City Manager Paul Stevens said. “I know that there have been some difficult times at the department and you have always kept your head above it.
“We appreciate everything that you have done for the Waxahachie Police Department and have left it better shape than when you came.”
During his time at the department, Doughty has held a number of positions, including serving as a patrol officer, SWAT team member, property room officer, administrative sergeant and working in criminal investigations.
Doughty was promoted to his current position as administrative assistant police chief in March of 2011. Some of his duties include ensuring officers take the proper training classes to remain current in their certifications and working with budget issues.
Doughty took charge in helping the department earn recognition in the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program from the Texas Police Chief’s Association Foundation.
In this voluntary program the department had to go through a complete audit of its policies and operations, interviews were conducted with officers, police facilities were inspected and auditors accompanied officers on patrol.
Waxahachie was honored to become the 70th law enforcement agency within the state to receive the recognition. To date only 76 agencies out of 2,600 have earned this achievement.
Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge thanked Doughty’s family for sharing him with the department and with the community.
Edge said Doughty has done an amazing job during his career here and the department will miss him. The chief said he wishes Doughty and his family all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives and is confident that they will be successful.
Due to his retirement, Doughty had to turn in his old assistant chief’s badge. He was presented with a new badge at Wednesday’s ceremony that read assistant chief retired.
The department also presented Doughty his service weapon for him to keep. The barrel pistol had Doughty’s name, rank, time of service with the department, the department’s name and a copy of his badge engraved on it.
Doughty thanked Edge and Assistant Police Chief Mitch Bartley for taking a leap of faith in promoting him from a sergeant’s position to the position of assistant chief. Doughty said seeing everyone at the event means a lot to him because everyone’s lives can get so busy at times.
Doughty is taking retirement to pursue business opportunities in North Carolina and is excited about what the next chapter will bring.
Taking over for Doughty as assistant chief is Det. Dale Sigler. Sigler will be sworn in at city hall at 3 p.m., Friday Aug. 2. Sigler begins his new duties Monday, Aug. 5.
Waxahachie city hall is located at 401 S. Rogers St.
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