Chief Doyle honored at retirement party

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By Karolyn Gephart

Pearland’s longest-serving Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle said farewell to well-wishers recently who were attending his retirement party May 31 at the Public Safety Building.

Doyle has served with the Pearland Police Department since 1979 after graduating in 1974 from Pearland High School.

In his time with the department, he served as a patrol and motorcycle office, detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant and later as the commander for a multi-agency Special Weapons and Tactics team.

From 1994-1999, Doyle served as Assistant Chief of Police under the direction of P.M. Hogg. Doyle succeeded Hogg as Chief.

He has served as Chief from 1999 to the present, making him the longest-serving chief in the department’s 50 year history.

Chief Doyle was instrumental in acquiring and implementing the state of the art radio system and laptop system currently being used by the department.

Pearland Police Chief Johnny Spires is the new head of the police department. He assumed command June 1, 2017.

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Photos by Kathy Hickey