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Gerald Williamson becomes Lufkin’s top lawman, as Police Chief Marcotte retires

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

There is a new chief in town at the Lufkin Police Department, earlier this month Scott Marcotte announced his retirement from Lufkin PD, this week the city named a new police chief.

Gerald Williamson started at the Lufkin Police Department 27 years ago as a patrol officer, in a few days he will take over as the city's police chief. 

"It was always in the back of my mind but its one of those things, things have to fall together for that to occur and I've been blessed in that regard," said Gerald Williamson.

Williamson has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2009, he said he found out on Tuesday that he would be named Lufkin Police Chief following Scott Marcotte's retirement.

Williamson describes Marcotte as passionate about law enforcement and plans to follow his example of leadership.

"Scott has been a huge leader just a huge blessing for us here at the police department but also to the citizens of Lufkin," said Williamson.

City Manager Paul Parker says the last two chiefs he's appointed have been from within and he credits the professionalism of the department for the development of their current leadership.

"We knew we had the best man already in our force," said Parker

Parker says because of Williamson's experience he expects a smooth transition and the public won't notice much of a difference.

"Gerald will come in with the attitude of we've got a very good department and there won't be any major changes on how the department functions and runs," said Parker.

And Williamson says that's his number one priority, upholding the department's standard of service to the community.

 "We're very concerned about the quality of life for them and we intended to do our best to make sure that quality of life is as high as it possibly can be," said Williamson.

Williamson will officially take over as chief Saturday March 1st.

Parker says the official announcement will come at the next city council meeting.

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