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Police Chiefs Photo of former Henderson Police Chief James E. Goff

James E. Goff

James Goff was a 1960 graduate of Basic High School and joined the Henderson Police Department in July 1963 as a reserve officer and hired the next year as a patrol officer. He was promoted to detective in 1967, sergeant in 1968 and lieutenant in 1969. He was the division commander for the Detective Bureau from 1969 to 1972. In the fall of 1972, he became the first Henderson Police officer to attend the 12-week FBI National Academy. Upon his return from the FBI National Academy, Goff was appointed Captain of Operations. In 1978, Goff was appointed Assistant Director of Public Safety over the Police Department under Director of Public Safety Robert Anselmo. On Dec. 3, 1984, the position of Director of Public Safety was eliminated and Goff was appointed as Chief of Police, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.


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