Sherman Police Department’s newest officer, Joey Buttery, received his badge at a special ceremony Thursday afternoon, surrounded by his peers, other P.D. employees, and family. It was a short ceremony, solemn at the moment when Sherman City Clerk Linda Ashby took Buttery through the oath of his office and when Police Chief Tom Watt pinned that badge on his uniform.
“How thankful we are to have such a good applicant who has gone through our process,” Watt said.
Buttery introduced his parents-in-law, Chuck and Lori Edwards, and said his wife and children are still in their current hometown, where they will remain until she finishes nursing school.
Education is big with Buttery, who is currently working on his masters degree in applied criminology.
Sgt. Bruce Dawsey, who conducted the background investigation necessary before hiring Buttery or any police officer, said that Buttery is a 1999 graduate of S&S High School. From there, Buttery joined the military where he worked as an intelligence analyst and reached the rank of corporal. After his honorable discharge in 2004, Buttery went to Grayson College for an associate’s degree, then entered Texas A&M at Corpus Christi where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Dawsey described the new officer as being calm, level headed, and dependable, a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, coupled with the desire to see that things are done right. “He holds true all the values that we at Sherman PD hold.”
Before pinning the badge on Buttery’s uniform shirt, Watt said, “This is the best part of this job, getting to welcome in new people.”
After the ceremony, Buttery said that it was a difficult process, getting to go to work with Sherman police. “But this has been my long-term, No. 1 goal. It’s where I grew up, and where I want to raise my kids.” He and his wife, he said, decided to make the move while the children, both pre-schoolers, are still young.
That process began in May, while he was employed with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. Before that, he worked for 2.5 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, as a sergeant with the duties of gang investigation.
His education, and the continuing of it, he said, can only be advantageous in his work with Sherman police, and could also lead to his being able to teach as well.
His long-term goal with Sherman police is to move into administration, but he wants to do that by working and gaining experience in the other divisions of the agency.