After serving the City of Hardy as Interim Chief of Police, twice…Mayor Jason Jackson swore in Tamara Taylor as the official Director of Department of Public Safety at the council meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Not one to stand in the stoplight, Taylor is excited about the role of leadership, but said that is because she has a great team of fellow officers. She didn’t go into law enforcement with the hopes of being head of a department someday, or to ever hold a rank. “I never imagined it would be, I never really wanted a rank and I was fine in patrol. I did it for the people,” Taylor said.
The full time officers, in addition to Taylor, are Scott Hart and Phil Story. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my family and friends, law enforcement family and excellent officers of the Hardy Police Department. They have never wavered in supporting me and serving our community,” said Taylor.
She is thankful for a community who supports the department as well. “I’m humbled at the outpour of support from the community and I want them to know that we are going to continue to work hard for them and encourage them to call anytime they need us. We appreciate their confidence in us.” Casey Poulette serves as a part-time officer, along with three reserves; Justin Scheel, Matthew Coggins and Sonia Griffin.
A lot of attention has been on Hardy since the first of the year, but Taylor’s goal is to move past any negativity and serve the community to the best of the department’s abilities. “We want the community to know we are here for them. That is all we care about,” said Taylor.
Taylor expects great things in store for Hardy DPS in 2017. They have already completed one grant, and are constantly seeking more grant opportunities in order to make upgrades throughout the department.
Taylor has many years of experience with different cities in the immediate area. As a long time resident of the area, she began working as a dispatcher in Sharp, worked at the Grimes Unit, St. Francis County in Madison and then moved back to the area and began working as reserve and part time in Cherokee Village and Ash Flat. She also briefly worked at Horseshoe Bend before working full time at Cherokee Village in 2009 and completing the police academy and came to Hardy in 2012 as a secretary, before beginning work as a police officer in Hardy.
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