KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 19, 2018
Jennifer Lynn Greenway
On Tuesday, December 18, the Katy Police Department announced the retirement of Chief Bill Hastings after 32 years on the force.
(Photo credit...Tiffany Lanza)
In his resignation letter, Chief Hastings stated his retirement date would be January 15, 2019. He thanked everyone that mentored him and helped him along the way allowing him to advance in his career. Chief Hastings also thanked the City of Katy and citizens of Katy. To read his full resignation letter. (See below).
Chief Hastings was named one of Katy Magazine's "People of the Year" in 2017 due to his leadership during Hurricane Harvey. During Chief Hastings' time in Katy, he has worked through six natural disasters. He was instrumental in setting up housing for the DPS officers who moved in and out of the city during the Harvey disaster and for several weeks afterwards. He worked 98 hours of overtime, just as many others worked overtime to ensure the people of Katy were safe. To read the full article, click here.
Hasting's daughter, Brittany Hastings Spear, wrote a touching tribute to her dad as news of his retirement spread, "My dad is retiring after 43 incredible years of service! He is truly one of a kind. His ability to lead is unparalleled, and his ability to love is even greater! He has the biggest heart and cares so much for his city and everyone he works with. This decision was not taken lightly and I know he will be greatly missed at the department, but his legacy will continue through all of the incredible officers that continue to serve. I love you so much daddy and am so incredibly proud to be your daughter!"
The City of Katy has not announced his replacement. Katy Magazine joins the citizens of Katy in honoring Chief Hastings and thanking him for all he has done for our city.
His resignation letter was shared by the Katy Police Department.