Colleagues, family and friends of Lt. Ken Brooks filled the Sherman Police Department’s Municipal Courtroom Monday afternoon to celebrate Brooks’s retirement from 19 years and 11 months of service.
The mood of the ceremony alternated between light-hearted, as coworkers laughed about fond memories with Brooks, to sad, as friends commented on how he will be missed.
Brooks returned the sentiment. More than other aspects of the job, Brooks said, he will be missing his coworkers the most.
“I came here and I never expected to work with such a fine group of people,” Brooks said.
Assistant Chief Ken Francis recited Brooks’ numerous accomplishments during his career in public service.
Brooks served in the United States Marine Corps for 21-and-a-half years, rising to the rank of chief warrant officer. On Feb. 1, 1994, Brooks was hired onto the Sherman Police Department as a patrol officer.
When Brooks graduated from the Texoma Regional Police Academy in June of 1994, he received the Woody Blanton Award for the highest grade-point average in the class.
Brooks’ other accomplishments include: working as a fire arms instructor, serving as the supervisor of the Hostage Negotiation Team and being chosen as the Honor Guard coordinator.
“Ken is the type of person who is just irreplaceable,” said Chief Otis Henry. “He’s going to truly be missed.”
Henry presented Brooks with a retirement badge and a shadow box of Sherman Police insignia.
“He turned into absolutely one of the best (officers) that has ever graced these hallways,” said former Sherman Police Chief Tom Watt.
Brooks and his wife will be retiring to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where Brooks is originally from. Watt described Brooks as a prolific writer, and said Brooks may begin a foray into writing during his retirement.