College Station police chief bids farewell
By APRIL AVISON
Eagle Staff Writer
Eagle photo/Dave McDermand
Friends and co-workers gathered Monday to pay tribute to Chief Ed Feldman, who is retiring from the College Station Police Department.
Dozens of police officers wiped away tears as they gave a final salute Monday to Chief Ed Feldman who served as the top College Station cop for almost 13 years and worked in the department for four decades.
More than 400 people gathered Monday at a reception for Feldman where he was described as a man of honor who took the police department to a higher level.
“I truly enjoyed it,” Feldman, 63, said of his career in law enforcement. “People have asked me what I remember the most. It’s the people I work with — truly great people that want to do the right thing for the right reason. I thank them for their support for these 40 years.”
Feldman also paid tribute with words to his wife, Susie, and daughter, Tracy, both of whom watched with pride along with other extended family members during the recognition ceremony.
“There’s no way you can do it by yourself,” Feldman said. “You’ve got to get saddled up with a good mate — somebody who will be by your side when everybody else leaves.”
Lt. Larry Johnson, who wrote a poem for the chief, described Feldman as “the heart and the substance of who we are and what this organization is about.”
Some officers and friends were moved to tears while watching a video that flashed highlights from Feldman’s life.
The video recalled Feldman’s days as a pitcher for the baseball team at A&M Consolidated High School. He played in the minor league for several years before moving up to the major league when an injury to his arm ended that career in 1965. That’s when he moved back to College Station and joined the city’s police force, which at the time was composed of five people. Feldman became the department’s chief in 1992.
The College Station City Council proclaimed Monday “Edgar R. Feldman Day,” and several council members thanked Feldman for his service to the city.
“He has been a shining example to our police department and to all the citizens of this community,” said Mayor Ron Silvia.
Officials from the offices of state Rep. Fred Brown, R-College Station, and state Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, presented Feldman with Texas flags that have flown over the Capitol. Several city officials presented Feldman with gifts including a watch, a scrapbook and an oversized police badge.
Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said Feldman will leave behind a legacy of knowledge.
“He has definitely left his mark on the College Station Police Department,” McCollum said. “He’s one who can truly look back on his career and say, ‘I have made a difference.’”
The difference made by Feldman, officers said, involved bringing the department up to a higher level of professionalism and integrity. Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner described Feldman as “an exceptional professional and a great human being.”
Feldman’s successor, Michael Clancey, will be sworn in Tuesday morning at College Station Municipal Court.
Clancey, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, most recently served as chief in Westerville, Ohio.
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