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Chief Duane Smith recognized for service

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Melissa Police Chief Duane Smith was honored by the City Council on Oct. 27 for his 20 years of service to the city. A large contingent of officers, firefighters, city staff and supporters packed the council chambers to show their support.

The Melissa City Council honored police chief Duane Smith for his two decades of service during their Oct. 27 meeting

“You have set the bar high and set a great example,” Mayor Reed Greer said.

Smith joined the department on Oct. 26, 2000.  He served as an officer and then police sergeant before being appointed chief in May 2002. During his time with the department, he has earned the Texas Police Chief’s Association accreditation, been named a Master Police Officer, completed the Secret Service Dignitary Protection Academy, and received the good conduct police commendation. He has also held multiple leadership roles in the North Texas Police Chiefs Association

Smith served in the Army from 1988 to 1993. He received two commendation medals for his actions during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. 

“On behalf of the entire city council I want to express sincere appreciation for Police Chief Duane Smith for his dedication to the city of Melissa community and its citizens over the past 20 years,” Greer said during his official proclamation.

After posing for pictures, Smith said he felt blessed to be with the city and for all of the officers that he has worked with. He added that couldn’t ask for anything more than the support he has received from the council, city manager and city staff.