LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The Lufkin Police Department said so-long last week to its longest-serving sergeant - David "Bubba" Walker.
Walker, who spent "37 years and eight months" with the department, promoted to sergeant in 1983. The last position he held was traffic division supervisor.
Chief Gerald Williamson, who has spent his entire career working with Sgt. Walker, said he was a valuable asset to the Department and will be greatly missed.
"That is a tremendous number of years to work in law enforcement - any law enforcement - but particularly municipal law enforcement because there are some unique stressors in our field," Williamson said. "It just makes that kind of longevity unlikely."
Walker's "forte" during his years with the Department was traffic enforcement, Williamson recalled. He also led the Department's first Narcotics Unit in the late 80s to early 90s as crack cocaine swept the city.
"We really had a difficult problem here in Lufkin to deal with. We had crowds that numbered – sometimes – in the low thousands gathered in different areas which seemed to center around the crack cocaine trade," Williamson said. "Narcotics consisted of not just your plain-clothes investigators, but we also had a Narcotics Interdiction Unit, which consisted of five uniformed officers."