Leading by Example

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By Heather Wilson

The West Bowie County Rotary Club held their weekly meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the New Boston ISD Administrative Building, and hosted two very special guest speakers.  New Boston Chief of Police Garry McCrary and Investigator George Huggins, Jr. were on hand to introduce themselves to the club and give them a brief rundown of what is new within the New Boston Police Department.  

After introducing himself and giving a brief rundown of his work history, Chief McCrary got straight to the point in regards to his goals and intentions for the department.  “When you talk about New Boston, you talk about me,” he said.  “When you say bad things about New Boston, you’re saying them about me.  So many people have told us what a good job we are doing, and that we are really getting after it - and we appreciate that so much.  But what I really like to hear about is the bad stuff - what we’re not doing.  That makes us work a lot harder.”

Chief McCrary gives his officers all the credit for his success thus far.  “I’m either going to do a very good job or a very bad job,” he said.  “If I do a bad job, it’s because I don’t have the support of those around me, and that’s not the case.  I think we have some of the best officers New Boston has ever had.”

“We intend to do great things for New Boston if we can,” Chief McCrary continued.  “And we want to do something besides just draw a paycheck.  We are trying to work more closely with the community.  Anybody can ride up and down the road and write a ticket - we want to be a part of the community and we want to be liked by the community.  So if you see something in your community that you don’t like - that we should have done or should be doing - don’t hesitate to call me.”

Investigator George Huggins, Jr. echoed these sentiments and lauded the changes Chief McCrary has made within the department.  “We are trying to change the image of the New Boston Police Department, and the Chief is doing a great job of that,” said Huggins.  “So far, it has been great.  We’ve had a great public response and the officers are happy and motivated.”

The West Bowie County Rotary Club exists to serve the people and communities of West Bowie County through charitable projects.  They meet weekly at the New Boston ISD Administrative Building.  For more information about upcoming Rotary Club projects or for questions about membership, see their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wbcrotary or call (430) 200-7870.

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