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Lufkin Police Chief talks retirement and life after Lufkin PD

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For the past five years Lufkin Police Chief Scott Marcotte has called this desk at second home.

But with 25 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, his time with the department is coming to an end.

 "It's been very challenging but very rewarding," said Marcotte.

Marcotte announced his retirement on February 5th his last day will be in two weeks, on the last day of the month.

Marcotte says he's thankful for a long career in Lufkin but is ready for a change of pace.

 "Texas often leads the nation in the number of officers that are killed in the line of duty for the nation, it hasn't happened in Lufkin but it wears on you after a while," said, Marcotte.

Marcotte says there are many highlights in career with the department but he was more excited about the teamwork between officers and developing a formula that has helped the department better serve the community.

 "Hiring the right people. Training them properly, equipping them properly and supervising them properly," said Marcotte.

Marcotte says he's accepted a position as safety compliance officer for a private company that builds oil field locations

 "A new set of challenges and a new set of opportunities and I'm looking forward to it," said Marcotte.

But he doesn't plan on wasting any time.

 "I'm going to actually retire on a Friday and go to work on Monday," said Marcotte.

And is keeping all of his option open.

 "I'll never say never there might be a chance I do get back into law enforcement it's a career that's been good to me and it's a career that I love," said Marcotte.

On his last day, February 28th, Assistant Police Chief Gerald Williamson will take over as interim chief.

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