ROGERS, Texas (KWTX) After four months with an empty police department, the City of Rogers has hired Louis Lourcey as police chief.
Lourcey has 38 years of law enforcement and paramedic experience in Central Texas.
He was the interim police chief in Rogers in 2005, and was also interim chief in Little River Academy.
He spent time with the Falls County Sheriff's Office and worked at Baylor Scott & White for 10 years as a paramedic.
He lives in Temple with his wife; together they have four children, nine grandchildren and a great grand-child.
The position of chief opened up in July after Robert Wireman, suddenly retired, leaving the department without any staff.
Lourcey says one of his goals joining the department is to bridge the divide between the community and its police force.
"The police department and the people of the community have been such a segregated bunch for several years," Lourcey said.
He plans to also build a better relationship with the schools to be a reliable source for students, parents and staff to come to with any fears or concerns.
Lourcey plans to be an approachable chief, making a point to wave to residents, listen to anyone's concerns and even change the color of the uniforms from solid black to a navy top and gray pant, in hopes of looking less intimidating.
For now, Lourcey is the only employee in the department, though he plans to request from council, permission to put someone into the police academy to hire upon graduation.
While he works alone, however, Lourcey will continue the cities partnership with the Bell County Sheriff's department, who was responding to any calls in Rogers while there was no one working in the department.
"It’s a major asset for me because I don’t have the capabilities of some of the things that the sheriff's office has," Lourcey said.
So far, Lourcey says he is loving the work, and has been well received by community members.
"I haven’t run into anyone in this town that has had a bad word to say to me," Lourcey said.