Ladena Baggett, 49, has been named the interim police chief for the Corsicana Police Department, following the Oct. 1 retirement of Police Chief G.M. Cox.

As assistant chief for the last 10 years, Baggett has been responsible for internal affairs investigations, weapons control, training, grants, managing two sub-departments, CID and records, as well as managing the animal control and animal shelter, DARE officer and the community service officer, although she’s also spent some time supervising patrol and other areas.

Although she’s done almost every job at the department, she said being assistant chief has been her favorite.

“I think that’s been the most rewarding,” she said Thursday.

Baggett has been with the Corsicana Police Department for 27 years, beginning at the age of 18 as a dispatcher.

“I left for a short time to finish college at Baylor and then came back,” she explained.

Baggett’s philosophy of policing is practical and direct: “I think I’m servant-minded,” she said. “We’re out there to serve the public and answer their calls and meet their needs.”

Applications are currently being accepted for Corsicana Police Chief and the selection process for a new chief has begun, according to a press release from the city manager’s office.

She is married with one daughter.

A retirement party for Cox will take place at 3 p.m. today at the Palace Theater, 112 W. Sixth Ave.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com

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