Woodard began serving as a police officer in the city at age 28, after starting his career in Madison Township. “This is where I lived. My family had moved here when I was in the sixth grade, and I knew West Carrollton was hiring,” he said about applying for the job in 1988.
Woodard graduated from West Carrollton High School in 1978 and attended the police academy at the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School, now known as the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, in 1985.
In 1991, Woodard was promoted to K-9 officer, serving with his dog Nero, for four years. He said one case that stands out in his memory was tracking a prisoner who had escaped from Southview Hospital for 3-4 miles through neighborhoods, traffic and wooded areas, before apprehending the escapee near the corner of Mad River and Alex Bell Roads.
He earned an associate’s degree in 2002 from Sinclair College, a 2006 bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a 2012 master’s degree in strategic leadership, both from Mountain State University. Woodard also earned certifications from the Police Executive Leadership College and Certified Law Enforcement Executive program as well as the FBI National Academy Program in March 2016.
Woodard said that advancements in technology have made the biggest difference in his profession during his tenure. “Tasers, computers and cameras in vehicles, advanced radios, cell phones – these are all things that didn’t exist when I started,” he said.
During his career, Woodard said he’s seen the age of suspects decrease while the severity in the type of crimes committed increase. “It seems that younger people are committing crimes that older people used to commit,” he said.
Woodard said there’s never been a day during his tenure where he dreaded going to work. “I’ve always looked forward to it,” he said. Both professionally and personally, Woodard said he enjoys being able to have a positive influence on peoples’ lives.
Despite his long tenure, there are two other city employees with even longer careers in West Carrollton. Janet Logan, payroll and accounts payable, has served 44 years, and Fire Chief Chris Barnett has served 41 years.
For media interviews, call Chief Doug Woodard at (937) 847-4668.