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Sherman police chief announces retirement


SHERMAN -- Sherman police Chief Tom Watt is retiring after 31 years with department.

He made the announcement Wednesday. Watt was appointed as Sherman's police chief in 2004.

Before joining the force, he was an officer in the Army. He attended Sherman High School.

Chief Watt says he's looking forward to spending more time with his wife, kids and grand kids, but says he'll miss his work family, too.

"We have an incredible amount of young talent here," he said. "Our officers are very, very intelligent; strong character and integrity. It's one of the things I'm going to miss more than anything is the people that I work with."

Chief Watt says he's seen plenty of ups and downs within the department since he's been there, including a 2008 charter bus crash that killed 17 people and injured dozens more when the driver lost control on U.S. 75.

"This agency and I have to say, the fire department also, and in general, the community responded well to that. We didn't panic. We went about doing the job we've been trained to do," he said.

Chief Watt's last day will be March 15. He says he'll be spending more time with his family.

The city manager is in charge of hiring his replacement.