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The city said farewell to Stacy Coggins and greeted new fire Chief Jason Patrick this evening.

The police department also recognized the retirement of Sergeant Mark Peck.

City Manager Joseph Scherer presented Coggins, the city’s former fire chief, with helmet and badge.

“Chief Stacy Coggins, as the city’s fire chief for the past five years, performed his duties in an outstanding manner and helped improve the performance and professionalism of the department during his tenure,” the city manager said. “His dedication to duty and commitment to excellence made him a valuable member of the city administration and helped influence others to higher professional achievement and development.”

Scherer lauded Coggins for consistently seeking ways to improve the fire department “with an uncommon perception to morale and welfare needs of his firefighters. His charismatic and cheerful attitude were infectious and spread throughout the department and his peers in the city administration.

“Chief Coggins was able to accomplish much more than most chiefs because of his exceptional technical competence, organizational keenness and his ability to work with and lead others.”

Said Scherer: “With a natural frankness and sincerity, he displays concerns for the feelings of individuals and equality of human treatment. These traits, his honesty, integrity and unparalleled professional aptitude generated immediate confidence in him by others. He is an outstanding leader.”

Scherer concluded, saying, “On this occasion of your retirement, I express my sincere appreciation for your dedication and efforts as fire chief as well as your continued success and join with your many friends wishing you and your family the best possible future.”

Coggins thanked council “for the opportunity to work in this capacity” and thanked the firefighters assembled during the meeting, saying they made his job easier because of the passion for their jobs.

On Patrick’s promotion, Coggins said, “He’s going to take the department to new heights.”

Patrick thanked council and the city manager for giving him “the opportunity to serve as fire chief. I thank Chief Coggins for what he’s done for me and the department and I look forward to working with the guys there as we move our department forward.”


Police Chief Chuck Hasty recognized Peck’s 18 years of service and presented him his sidearm and badge.

“His service has been greatly appreciated,” Hasty said.

Peck acknowledged Councilman Ernest Bobbitt who hired him and told council, “When I came here I didn’t know anyone. Now I have a family, brothers and sisters.”

Mayor Emery Doughtie thanked Coggins for staying in Roanoke Rapids and raising a family. “I thank you for not just being fire chief but giving back.”

The mayor thanked Peck for his service and congratulated Patrick on reaching another milestone in his career.