The city of Truesdale last week announced a change at the head of its police force.
Casey Doyle, formerly the lieutenant for the city’s police, has been promoted to chief following the departure of Chief Rich Black. Doyle will serve full time and will lead seven other part-time officers who work for the city.
Truesdale officials said Black, who worked part time as chief, left in June to focus on full-time work with another employer.
Black was chief for about 18 months following the resignation of Andrew Huston, who also resigned to focus on outside work as the K-9 handler for Wright City Police Department.
Mayor Chris Watson said growth within the city of Truesdale has increased the demand on law enforcement, and that the city’s leaders felt it was time for the chief to be a full-time position.
“The board of aldermen’s main focus is the safety of our citizens and maintaining the forward progress of cleaning up our city,” Watson commented in an email to The Record. “Officer Doyle is a Truesdale resident and has a great passion for law enforcement and for his community. ... His attention to details and the law is outstanding. He has proven himself as a leader with his fellow officers.”
Watson added that Doyle has been the city’s only full-time officer for several years, and has gained a reputation for combating drug crime in the town of 800 people.
“The board of aldermen and I feel that he will commit himself to the duties as chief of police, and we hope he will serve in this position for many years,” Watson said.
Doyle was first hired to a part-time position in Truesdale in 2010, and was promoted to lieutenant at the beginning of 2018. Doyle has worked in law enforcement for 14 years, having previously served in the Wright City Police Department.
As chief, Doyle will continue to conduct patrol and law enforcement duties around Truesdale, as well as taking on more administrative tasks at city hall. Aldermen approved a pay rate of $26.17 per hour for Doyle, or about $54,000 per year for a standard full-time year.
Doyle said his first goal as chief is to review the city’s staffing, training and equipment “to provide the best and most efficient police service to the community that we can.” He hopes to eventually bring more officers into the department, and will take advantage of opportunities for community outreach.
“You can’t do (law enforcement) without the public. Bringing the community and the police department a little closer together is going to be a major factor in the future here,” Doyle said.
During his time in Truesdale, Doyle said he has enjoyed the variety of duties that officers in a small department have to take on, including some that have been out of his comfort zone. Many of those duties, from public speaking to criminal investigations, involve contact with a diverse population of city residents.
“I believe in treating people professionally, and treating everybody the same way, regardless of the circumstances in which I contact them,” he explained.
Doyle said his motivation as an officer is to help the community, sometimes in ways that go unnoticed.
“Saving somebody from a burning building, pulling someone from a fiery car crash, those aren’t circumstances that happen frequently. ... The actual help is that invisible line that people don’t see, in just your daily work,” he said. “Everything that you do, and people don’t see that you do, is the help that you provide. I like to think of us as quiet professionals.”