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City of Troup Municipal Employee of the Year 2021
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City of Troup Municipal Employee of the Year 2021

Gene Cottle has been the Troup City Manager for over eight years . He is proud to serve Troup and help see the city gain improvements . Through citizen donations and government
GENE COTTLE grants , the city has a splash pad , other new park projects , downtown sidewalk restorations , and improvements to sewer and water services . He appreciates his city hall staff , police department , and Public Works department .
Prior to working for the City of Troup , Gene and his wife Phyllis , owned and operated Cottle Funeral Homes of Troup and Overton for 36 years . He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin . Gene is active in his church and the
Troup PD Officer of the Year 2020
Officer Jason Jones came to Troup PD in October of JASON JONES 2018 . He previously worked with the Smith County Sheriff ’ s Office for six years . Officer Jones has made 61 arrests while with Troup PD , many of those being felony arrests . Officer Jones has even been awarded the “ Life Saver Service Pin ” since joining the Department . Troup Police Department is honored to have Officer Jones as part of our Troup PD family . community . He was Mayor of Troup for three terms and served on the Executive Committee of East Texas Council of Governments . He has been the president of the Troup Rotary Club twice , served two terms as President of the Troup Chamber of Commerce and still serves on the board of directors . He also served as the president of the Troup Community Development Corporation .
He has worked with the Troup Volunteer Fire Department for over 44 years . He has helped save property and lives as an EMT with the ambulance service .
For many years , he has been the chairman of the Board of Managers of the Smith County 911 Communications District .
Gene and Phyllis have four daughters and five grandchildren . They both feel fortunate that life circumstances brought them to live in Troup .
Troup PD Officer of the Year 2021
Eboni Taylor is the Troup Police Departments 2021 Officer of the year . Eboni has been with EBONI TAYLOR the department as the office manager since it was restructured in May 2006 . After many years of consideration and prayer , Eboni recently enrolled and completed the Police Academy at Tyler Junior College . Eboni has also made history at the Troup Police Department by becoming the first black female Officer to ever serve at the Troup PD . Troup PD is blessed to have Officer Taylor in our ranks .