• 84°

Valley police officer retires after 27 years

VALLEY — A long-serving officer with the Valley Police Department was honored by the city council in a retirement ceremony Monday evening.

Corporal Stephen Doyal has been in local law enforcement since 1992, with most of his service being with the VPD.

He was presented with a plaque by Chief Tommy Weldon commending him for more than a quarter-century of work as a highly dependable officer. Following the meeting, Corp. Doyal and his family were honored with a reception in the city hall conference room.

“I appreciate everyone coming out tonight,” Doyal said in a voice halting with emotion. “I have had a great career. There aren’t many jobs out there where you can be with heroes every time you go to work.”

Doyal received a loud round of applause and a standing ovation as the plaque was presented.

Weldon said that he and Corp. Doyal had worked a lot together on traffic details near local schools in the mornings.

“He will be back with us in August,” Chief Weldon said. “He will be working as a resource officer in local schools.”

Doyal began his law enforcement career in Chambers County in 1992. He was hired on as a reserve deputy by the Sheriff’s Office.

Doyal went on to attend the Northeast Alabama Police Academy, where he graduated first in his class.

He then was hired by the VPD and worked in the patrol division.

He was promoted within the department in 1997 and in 2005 went to work for the Lanett Police Department.

He returned to Valley Police Department a few years later.

Chief Johnny Wood of the Lanett Police Department was present at the Monday meeting to thank Corp. Doyal for his 26-year career in local law enforcement and to wish him well in retirement.

Also on Monday, Lt. Chris Daniel was presented a detective’s badge, marking six month’s with VPD’s criminal investigation division.

News

Lanett Animal Clinic veterinarian retires, clinic to remain open

News

TCSS faces declining enrollment numbers

News

Southern Union and AUM team up to provide transfer scholarships

News

Price talks about Legislative session to Valley Lions Club

News

Lanett Council approves purchase of new ambulance, applies for more grants

News

One arrested, two additional suspects sought for stabbing following botched robbery plan

News

West Point officers join basketball game with area children

News

Refuge Point Church dedicates new home

News

Dragon Boat Race draws big crowd

News

Korean War veterans honored Saturday by Ajin USA and Wooshin USA

News

County to resurface County Road 212

News

Whit’s Chic revives business in familiar location

News

Lanett musician plays near home

News

Fallen soldier Corey Spates memorialized

News

Feds bring new sex crimes charges against singer R. Kelly

News

Ladies Ministry learns about human trafficking

News

New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

News

Family, law enforcement honor slain deputy at funeral

News

Troup County clarifies fire chief’s employment

News

LaGrange man arrested after allegedly shooting at wife, fighting sister-in-law and father

News

LaFayette Parks and Recreation board has full membership

News

County waiting to hear about ‘Stepping Up’ funds

News

Surviving 9/11: Lake Harding resident shares story of working at Pentagon during terrorist attacks in D.C.

News

Point graduate reflects fondly on his days as a student