A Police Chief in West Carrollton has reached 30 years of service with the West Carrollton Police Department as of last Friday, according to a release from Erika Mattingly - Public Relations Coordinator for the City of West Carrollton.
After starting his career in Madison Twp., Police Chief Doug Woodard began serving in the city at age 28. "This is where I lived. My family had moved here when I was in the sixth grade, and I knew West Carrollton was hiring," he said about applying for the job in 1998.
Woodard graduated from West Carrollton High School in 1978, and then attended the police academy at the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School - now known as the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (CTC) in 1985. Woodard was promoted to K-9 officer in 1991 - serving with his dog Nero - for four years, promoted to sergeant in 1995, became the deputy chief in 2005, became the interim chief in 2013, and finally was named the chief in March 2014.
Woodward earned his associate's degree from Sinclair College in 2002, his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2006, and his master's degree in strategic leadership in 2012 - both from Mountain State University. He also earned certifications from the Police Executive Leadership College and Certified Law Enforcement Executive program, as well as the FBI National Academy Program in March 2016.
Woodard said there's never been a day during his tenure where he dreaded going to work. "I've always looked forward to it," he said. Both professionally and personally, Woodard said he enjoys being able to have a positive influence on peoples' lives.
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