DAPHNE – The second in command of the Daphne Police Department stepped down last week, retiring after more than 30 years with the city.
The Daphne City Council recognized Capt. Scott Taylor on Monday, April 5, when he retired after being with the Police Department since January 1991.
“He served us for many years and we are sad to see him retire,” Mayor Robin LeJeune said.
Taylor began his career as a field training officer in the Patrol Division and was one of the original members of the department’s Special Response Team. He moved up the ranks to become a detective then captain over the Patrol Division.
Chief David Carpenter said Taylor has been second in command of the Daphne police since 2007.
Scott served as my No. 2 guy for numerous years and when I was gone he carried the load so the city was in safe hands with Scott,” Carpenter said. “Scott was instrumental in training over 100 people that have been through the Police Department. He hired them. He was the one that got them going. Trained them and then sent them on their way here. It's a big loss, but we're proud for him and we really appreciate his service to the Daphne Police Department.”
Taylor said he enjoyed his service with the city.
“I am very humbled to be here. I have served and proudly served the city of Daphne,” he said.
“I appreciate everything that the mayor and the City Council has done, not only for me, but for the citizens of Daphne and the police department. We definitely never went without anything that we asked for within reason, which we usually did ask for something within reason. You took care of us,” Taylor added.
He said that when he started with Daphne, the Police Department had 26 officers. It now has 61.