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Katy police chief resigns after a decade at the helm

December 19, 2018

The city of Katy chief of police has resigned.

After 32 years with the Katy Police Department, Chief William Hastings is turning in his badge and gun. In a letter to Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner, Hastings, whose 67 years old, announced his retirement as the top cop in the department effective Jan. 15, 2019.

“This decision was made after much thought and a tremendous amount of deliberation,” Hastings said. “I have served this City in a public safety capacity for 43 years, beginning as a volunteer with the Katy Ambulance Service and the Katy Fire Department.

Hastings became the chief of police in 2008 after R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, who died earlier this year, retired. At the time, Hastings was the assistant chief of police and Frazier had recommended that Hastings take his place.

Hastings was hired by the city of Katy in 1975. In 1986, Chief Pat O. Adams hired Hastings as a patrol officer, where he eventually worked his way through the ranks.

“During my tenure with the department, I was extremely fortunate in being able to work with many fine officers, administrators, and city employees,” Hastings said. “I would like to thank everyone that has mentored and helped me along the way, and allowed me to advance my career in public safety.”

Hastings has been married to his wife Susan for 32 years. The couple have five children.

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