Sherman Police Chief retires

By: Nicolette Schleisman Email
By: Nicolette Schleisman Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Sherman's Police Chief officially started his retirement Friday.

"Absolutely humbling. I don't like being the center of attention and to see all of these folks come out at one time to see me off, it was humbling. That's the only thing I can say, and it just blew me away," said Chief Watt.

After 31 years with the Sherman Police Department, Chief Tom Watt officially retired.

Dozens of friends, family, and community members all came out Friday to say goodbye to their chief of 9 years.

"We started the same year here at the city, we've been working together all that time. And I think it's so great that all of the se friends and family came to see him off, but I really have mixed feelings because we're going to miss him," said Linda Ashby, City Clerk for the city of Sherman.

Linda Ashby has known Watt since junior high, and she says it is going to be hard not seeing him around as much.

"He's always there if you need something, and he just steps up to the plate. And so he'll be a part that's missed of the city," said Ashby.

Watt highlighted two special guests who made a big difference in his life, World War II Veteran, Jerry Decker, who Watt says is his hero. And his 6th grade teacher, Billie Moore.

"She saved me in so many ways. As teachers everyday save somebody everyday, she is one of the most important people in my life," said Watt.

Watt says he is still going to be busy in his retirement.

"I've got a lot of things planned. A lot of smaller things, don't want to get nailed down to any one thing. I'm going to teach a little at the academy, I've got some emergency manager work that I'm going to be doing," said Watt.

But the thing he is most pleased about, is spending more time with his family. Especially his wife.

"Looking forward to just spending time with my best friend. Doing what we used to do 32 years ago," said Watt.


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