Chief John Doughty

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty resigns

Contributed By:The 411 News

City officials surprised by 30-day notice

Hammond's mayor and city council president said they were caught off guard by the letter of resignation from their police chief.

Chief John Doughty, a 37-year veteran of the Hammond Police Dept. wrote in his January 4th statement to Mayor Tom McDermott, “Being Chief of Police is a very demanding job. At this point in my life, I need to focus more on my family and be able to spend more time with them. I appreciate the faith and trust Mayor McDermott has shown me.”

“I was caught off guard with John’s decision,” stated Mayor McDermott. “John has been only the second Police Chief of my administration." McDermott took office in 2004.

Doughty was appointed as Chief of Police in April of 2014. He has a military background with the U.S. Army and has previously served for the department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, K-9 Handler, SWAT commander, Sergeant, Captain of the Uniform Division and Assistant Chief of Police before becoming Chief.

“It came as a complete surprise to me to hear of John’s retirement,” stated Dave Woerpel, Council President. “He was always willing to help me and my colleagues when dealing with a constituent’s complaint. I have always considered him a friend and appreciate all that he has done for the City. I wish him well.”

Mayor McDermott said, "I am pleased with what he has done with the Department and where he has taken it. Under John’s watch the Hammond Police Department has significantly updated its technology including crime fighting cameras, LPR (License Plate Reader) Cameras and body cams for the entire department.

"He also was the driving force of the Academy Bound program which greatly helped in diversifying the Hammond Police Department. I wish he wasn’t retiring but now that he has made his decision I wish him and his family all the best.”

Doughty will serve until January 31.

Story Posted:01/05/2021

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