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Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018 5:00 am

There’s a new top lawman in the City of Titusville, or at least there will be one soon. City Manager Larry Manross announced Friday that Detective Dustin LeGoullon will take over as chief of police from Harold Minch on Sept. 22.

“Boy, I was humbled and excited,” LeGoullon said about hearing the announcement. “I think at the same time.”

LeGoullon has served with the Titusville Police Department (TPD) for 12 years, having joined in 2006. He served as the taser and firearms instructor for the department before being promoted to detective in 2013.

In this role, LeGoullon helped solve numerous cases, including the Blue Canoe burglary in 2017 and the theft of funds from Titusville Area Leisure Services in 2014. His work was recognized in 2017, when he was named “Officer of the Year” by the Women’s Services of Crawford County.

“I’ve bene blessed to work with the department for 12 years,” LeGoullon said. “I’m humbled and very proud at the same time to be able to take the role as police chief for Titusville.”

LeGoullon first became interested in law enforcement in high school, and began pursing it as a career in college. He graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus on criminology.

Unlike many workers in law enforcement, LeGoullon was not drawn into the field by a relative or close friend while growing up.

“It was just something I felt called to do, I guess,” LeGoullon said.

He worked as a community based juvenile probation officer for Venango County Court Supervision Services for a while, before deciding to return to school. He attended the Municipal Police Training Academy at Mercyhurst University, where he earned Act 120 certification.

After graduation, he worked a variety of desks. He first served as an officer for the City of Sharon Police Department, until he later accepted a position for the City of Erie department.

He was later laid-off from this role due to financial difficulties in the city, but was able to get a position at the Venango County Court Supervision Services, where he worked to create a Pre-Trial Adult Probation Officer position. This was his last role before being hired by Titusville.

Despite his long track record with the department, LeGoullon said that this was the first time he sought the role of police chief. He said that his two sons growing older has cleared up his schedule more, allowing him to pursue the position.

“With age comes a little more freedom for us, and time management becomes an easier thing,” LeGoullon said. “And I feel more comfortable within my position in the department and in my career.”

LeGoullon said that he hopes to stand on the shoulders of previous chiefs Gary Thomas and Harold Minch, following their examples.

“I don’t expect any significant changes,” LeGoullon said. “I just plan on continuing to go in the direction we’ve been going.”

He praised Minch for his proactive approach to addressing many of the issues facing the town, and Thomas for setting TPD on the “right direction.”

However, the younger LeGoullon said that he does hope to bring more energy to the role than his predecessors, as well as step out community policing and involvement with local businesses.

Despite its small size and relative safety, LeGoullon said that working in Titusville has been exciting and challenging, saying “we definitely have our interesting days.”

“I’ve worked at a couple places, and Titusville offers a unique experience,” LeGoullon said. “Because you’re able to bond with individuals from all walks of life.”

One thing that makes police work in the city different, according to LeGoullon, is that many of those arrested by TPD are repeat offenders. This allows officers to build a relationship and bond with those people.

Current Police Chief Harold Minch said that he supported LeGoullon’s promotion to the role during an announcement to the department Thursday.

“It is with great pride and excitement for the future that I endorse Dustin for this position,” Minch said. “I believe he has great leadership qualities and abilities, and I am certain he will do a wonderful job.”

LeGoullon served as Minch’s work partner ever since the latter joined the department two years ago. The detective will be taking over a day after Minch retires on Sept. 21.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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