A 1979 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School is getting ready to retire from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A press release from MSHP says that Captain Vernon C. Dougan is set to retire effective August 1, 2018.

Captain Dougan, director of the Communications Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO, has served with the Patrol for more than 28 years.

Dougan joined the Patrol as a member of the 62nd Recruit Class on January 1, 1990. After graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop A, Zone 14, in Pettis County. Dougan was promoted to corporal in 1995 and was designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 4, in Clay County.

He then went on to become a sergeant in March 2000 and designated zone supervisor of Zone 7, in Jackson County, eventually being promoted to lieutenant in May 2003 and transferred to Troop F Headquarters, in Jefferson City.

He transferred to the Information and Communications Technology Division, General Headquarters, in September 2011. Dougan then earned the rank of Captain in May 2013 and designated director of that division. In October 2016, he was designated director of the Communications Division.

Upon graduation from S-C in 1979, Capt. Dougan joined the Army and after basic training and AIT, he was assigned to the White House Communications Agency. He received an honorable discharge in 1986.

In June 1990, he earned an Associate of Science Degree in criminal justice from Mineral Area College in Flat River, MO. He later went on to Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in November 2011.

Courtesy of MSHP