Laughter and appreciation over flowed Tuesday as Lt. Bob Fair was promoted to Assistant Chief at the Sherman Police Department. Fair has been with SPD for more than 35 years.
“I know this is a position he has aspired to for a long time,” said SPD Chief Otis Henry.
“He has worked every division here and has done a fantastic job,” Henry continued.
Fair started with the Department in 1979 as a patrol officer. In 1992, he was promoted to Sergeant. In 1998, he was promoted to Lieutenant. Along the way, he worked on the Special Response Team and the Critical Accident Investigation team, as well as with the Office of Professional Standards.
Assistant Chief Steve Ayers said Fair has actually been doing the job for several months now. “He came up here and really took the bull by the horns when it come to recruiting,” Ayers said crediting Fair for a lot of the success the Department has had with getting people hired.
Ayers said Fair brings with him to the task a “peace of mind.” Ayers added that when bad things start happening, people at SPD feel better when Fair shows up. Co workers praised Fair for his abilities as a police officer, but also for his even keel under pressure.
“I appreciate his commitment to the Department for almost 35 years. That is not an easy thing to do,” Ayers said.
“First I want to thank Chief Henry for the appointment and having the confidence in me to do the job,” Fair said after getting his brand new badge. “I have worked very closely with Chief Ayers. It is going to be a challenge (with) all of the things that we have got coming up. I look forward to that and accept that. There’s a lot of good people in this Department that you work with that make the job a whole lot easier.”