Police Chief Tom Tackett Eager for Next Step After a Storied Career

Police Chief Tom Tackett Eager for Next Step After a Storied Career

by Steve Gamel

When Tom Tackett first came to Argyle to work for the police department, he didn’t plan on sticking around very long.

The year was 1992 and Tackett, fresh out of college and a reserve officer at the time, figured he’d gain some quality experience and move on to a different part of the Metroplex in two or three years. But it didn’t take him long to figure out everything he ever needed was right there in Argyle.

“There wasn’t a single red light in town when I came here,” laughed Tackett, who rose through the ranks and eventually became Police Chief in 2000. “But the town grew on me. There are a lot of reasons to stay. It’s an amazing community.”

That’s what made last month so difficult. Tackett, 50, announced his resignation after more than 25 years of service. Not only is Tackett the most tenured Chief to serve in Argyle, but he is also the longest-tenured employee to serve the town in its 55-year history. Tackett’s decision to retire was announced by Town Manager Matt Jones on March 22.

“I know I speak for the entire organization in saying we owe Chief Tackett our utmost gratitude for his service and tenure here at the town,” Mr. Jones said in a release on the town’s website. “He has served this community for the last 25 years, and we are forever grateful for his dedication. We wish him and his family the best as he begins the next chapter in his life. Chief Tackett leaves a legacy of professionalism that will help guide the department well into the future.”

Jones announced on April 13th that Temple Cottle has been named the town’s new police chief. Cottle has been with the Argyle’s Police Department since 1998.

Tackett joked that he wasn’t sure what that next chapter is going to be, but he’s going to enjoy figuring it out.

“I’m not leaving the community. There are a lot of reasons to stay,” Tackett said. “It just felt like the right time to step away and do something else. I’ve had fun watching this town grow while working closely with so many great people.”

According to the release on the town’s website, Tackett began his career as a reserve officer in April 1992 and transitioned to a part-time police officer two years later. He rose through the ranks as a full-time officer, sergeant, and lieutenant before becoming Chief on April 26, 2000.

During his tenure as police chief, Tackett led the police department to receive the designation of a Texas Police Chief’s Association Foundation Recognized Agency in 2013. The department was recognized again in 2017. In becoming the town’s longest-tenured employee, Tackett said he worked with six mayors and nine town managers.

“We accomplished a lot of great things over the years, and I got to work with people who were truly dedicated,” Tackett said. “I loved every minute of it.” Tackett added in the town’s website release.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to both live and work in this community over the last 25 years. I’ve spent more than half of my life at the Argyle Police Department, and I look forward to the next chapter of life being written,” Tackett said. “This place we call Argyle is special and will remain near and dear to my heart, and I will continue to seek out new ways to serve our community. I want all of the citizens to know that the Argyle Police Department is made up of the finest men and women I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Know that as you go about your daily business and even as you sleep, they always stand ready in the gap to protect and serve you.
Stay safe.”

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