Mar 27, 2013 5:48 PM by Janet Hollinshead
Lake Charles Police Chief Donald Dixon announced the retirement of three long time police officers: Sergeant Marcus McCullough, Lieutenant Ted Trunick Sergeant McCullough, and Deputy Chief Joel Smith.
McCullough joined the police department in 1989 and retired in 2013. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1978 and served in the United States Army. Sgt. McCullough graduated from the Calcasieu Parish Training Academy and served the Lake Charles Police Department as a Police Sergeant and a Detective in the Property Crimes division.
Lieutenant Trunick joined the Lake Charles Police Department on January 23, 1989 and retired on February 15, 2013. Lieutenant Trunick was hired as a police officer and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. During his tenure he also worked in their Community Policing Division. He worked his way up through the ranks of Police Officer, Police Officer First Class, Corporal and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999. In 2002, he was transferred to the Traffic Division. At the time of his retirement, Lieutenant Trunick was the Commander of the Traffic Division.
Deputy Chief Smith joined the police department in 1973 as a police cadet and completed his career after 40 years of service on January 31st. Smith graduated from LaGrange Senior High School in 1972 and later attended McNeese State University. While serving with the police department, Deputy Chief Smith also served in the Louisiana National Guard. His police training includes graduation from the 5th session of the Calcasieu Parish Training Academy, and includes advanced training in Patrol Administration, Police Management and Supervision. Throughout his career Deputy Chief Smith served as a Field Supervisor, Shift Commander, Divisional Commander, Operations Bureau Commander, and finished his career as the Bureau Commander of Administrative Services and Support Operations.