PORTER – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4816 (Piney Woods Post) in Porter recognized Chief Deputy Barry Welch of the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office as 2010 “Officer of the Year.”
Chief Welch was selected based on a nomination by Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden that detailed Welch’s law enforcement career, which began in 1994. Welch became a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in 1997, patrolling the streets of East Montgomery County. He remained with the MCSO until January 2009 when he became Chief Deputy of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.
Since taking that position, Chief Welch has made several changes of tremendous benefit to the office. His day to day duties include scheduling, budgeting, and statistics. He introduced new forms making it easier for the deputies to do their daily paperwork and spend more time on the streets. By so doing, he added to his own workload, since new paperwork brings new statistics to maintain. Chief Welch has also been instrumental in bringing new technology to the office.
But Chief Welch does not sit behind a desk all day. He fights crime on the streets of East Montgomery County, alongside the other officers, facing the same dangers. On a routine call last November, a suspect released several Pit Bulls on Pct. 4 officers and the Chief’s quick response and skill ensured all of the officers on the scene walked away without injury. He is also a member of Pct. 4’s newly formed bike patrol and swift water team.
Constable Hayden summed up his nomination with the following quote, “Chief Welch goes over and beyond his duties to make sure everyone at the Pct. 4 office is well-taken care of and that the citizens of East Montgomery County are safe.”
Chief Welch was unaware he was chosen to receive the award as he and other officers gathered at the VFW hall in Porter. He was even more surprised after accepting his plaque and turning to see his family who quietly entered from the rear of the building to watch.
The Pct. 4 Constable’s Office is proud of Chief Welch’s accomplishment and consider him a tremendous asset to the agency and to the community of East Montgomery County.
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