Bonham names its Police Officer of the Year

BONHAM, Tex. -- The men and women of the Bonham Police Department are proud to select Police Captain Tim La Vergne Sr. as the Police Officer of the Year for 2007. Selection criteria for this prestigious award is based on the individual's performance of duties that demonstrate the highest standards of competence and professionalism, as well as their contribution to the department.

Timothy Michael La Vergne Sr. began with the Bonham Police Department on October 16, 1982 as a Communications Officer working his way through the ranks culminating with his promotion to the rank of Captain on December 31, 2003. Captain La Vergne has been a Police Officer since 1979, and has served 6 years as a Military Policeman in the US Army. Captain La Vergne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY College of Technology at Utica/Rome. He also holds a Master Peace Officer's Certification. Captain La Vergne has two sons, Timothy II and Tyler.

Captain La Vergne has been instrumental in implementation of the county wide 9-1-1 system in 1990. He has been the County 9-1-1 Coordinator since the inception of the 9-1-1 system in Fannin County. In addition, to his everyday responsibilities within the operation of the Police Department, Captain La Vergne is responsible for registering and tracking sex offenders within the City, as well as serving as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Bonham.

"Captain Tim La Vergne is one of those employees who accept extra responsibilities without complaint and give 100+% to everything he does, and I appreciate him as a devoted and professional employee,” said Chief Mike Bankston.

When he is not working at the Bonham Police Department you’ll see Captain La Vergne involved with Constantine Lodge No. 13, AF & AM and several other Masonic Organizations in which he holds various elected offices to include being an elected State Officer with the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas. He also serves as an area representative for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

In 2006, Captain Tim La Vergne was awarded the Public Servant of the Year by the Bonham Chamber of Commerce. His “IT” skills have been valuable during the 25 years he has served with the Bonham Police Department. But many people will always remember the way Captain La Vergne served his community above and beyond the call of duty when Bonham was able to provide a shelter from the storm for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in 2005. Acting as a liaison for the City of Bonham, Captain La Vergne along with Clint Wagstaff, Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator coordinated the efforts of local agencies, churches and volunteers to meet the needs of displaced Louisiana residents in their hour of need.

He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Police Department and the community alike. He routinely demonstrates a professional attitude and strong work ethic. It’s for these reasons that Captain La Vergne Sr. has been selected as the 2007 Officer of the Year for the Bonham Police Department. Captain La Vergne represents the best of what is expected of a Bonham Police Officer and is recognized for his efforts and outstanding service to the community. In the next few months, Captain Tim La Vergne Sr. would like to hang up his gun and badge for retirement after 27 years while serving the City of Bonham for most of his law enforcement career.

Captain La Vergne sums it up like this, “I am honored to have been recognized by my peers for my years of service to the Bonham Police Department, and the citizens of Bonham and Fannin County.


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