Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings said Monday that Union, Ohio Police Lt. Darrin Goudy will be the new chief of the Hillsboro Police Department.
Goudy has 24 years of law enforcement experience and served as an officer with the City of Union Police Department for the past 17 years, with the last 14 years as lieutenant.
Goudy is an avid obstacle course racer, wrestling coach, and lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, according to biographical information supplied by the mayor’s office.
He and his wife, Molly, have five children ranging in age from 13 to 28, two grandchildren, and a dog, Moose, and they look forward to making Hillsboro their home, according to information from the city.
Goudy’s appointment is effective December 4, 2017.
Hastings said Monday, “I had grave reservations about him being an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, but his resume, experience and professionalism more than made up for that one flaw.”
Goudy replaces former chief Todd Whited, who resigned last December. Sgt. Steve Browder originally served as interim chief until his retirement, followed by Sgt. Shawn Kelley serving in the role since September. Goudy is the first chief hired from outside the ranks of HPD in several decades.
According to information from the Union Police Department website, Goudy has served with that office since June of 2000. He began his law enforcement career in 1997 after graduating from the Sinclair Community College Police Academy. He served as a police officer for the Village of West Alexandria Police Department while working for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
The website states that “his first assignment with the City of Union was as a patrol officer. As a patrol officer, Lieutenant Goudy also performed the duties of detective. Since then, with his training and experience, he has solved more crimes and is credited with more felony convictions than any other in this department’s history. He then earned a promotion to the position of police lieutenant in February of 2003. As lieutenant, he manages the officers and oversees all criminal investigations.”
Goudy also served in the Air Force, where he was an explosive ordinance disposal specialist.