LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's official. Assistant Chief Scott Marcotte is the new Chief of Police for the city of Lufkin, effective August 1. The announcement came Wednesday at a reception honoring retiring Chief Brazil.
A crowd packed the council chambers to witness the changing of the guard. Veteran Chief Larry Brazil officially passed the torch to his assistant chief of eight years. "Scott's a great choice. He has good relations with his fellow officers. That makes for an easy transition. I don't think the city could have found a better person for the position anywhere," Brazil said.
"Scott Marcotte is the ideal person for the chief's job. When Chief Brazil shared his plans to retire 18 months ago, he immediately stepped back and let Scott take the lead in every arena. From managing the police department's response to Hurricane Ike to administering the daily ongoing operations of the department, Scott's exceeded every expectation. He's well trained and committed to leading the force," said City Manager Paul Parker.
Mayor Jack Gorden echoed the city manager's sentiment by saying, "Lufkin is fortunate to have a person of Scott's caliber, ready to take the helm. His knowledge of the community, his experience and his dedication will assure the continued professionalism and highest standards of the best police department in Texas."
Marcotte came to Lufkin's police department after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to being Assistant Chief of Police for eight years, Marcotte has served as a DARE officer, patrol supervisor and head of Criminal Investigations. One of the highlights of his career was completing the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is married to Lufkin native Angela Hendry Marcotte. They have two sons, Joshua and Jacob.
Chief Marcotte says he wants to field the most professional police department possible through a partnership with the citizens of Lufkin. The new chief also wants to begin a two-year self and external evaluation of the Lufkin Police Department based on the 180 best practices in law enforcement for Texas police agencies.