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After 36 years, Templeton area CHP officer signs off for final time

Posted at 5:43 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 01:50:57-05

A California Highway Patrol officer working on the Central Coast has signed off for the final time.

Officer Doug Villars has worked for the California Highway Patrol for more than 36 years and, as of Friday, was the most senior officer currently working the road for the department.

His career began in May of 1983 in the Newhall area. He transferred a few times before coming to the Templeton CHP office in 2010.

During his final sign-off Friday afternoon, dispatchers said Villars ran for and was elected to the Board of Directors for the California Association of Highway Patrolman in 2004 and was elected as president in 2011.

Villars thanked the department for his 36 years of service and said he has the utmost respect for the organization.

In December of 2018, Villars reportedly made the decision to go back to work on the road for his final year with the CHP before retirement.

Villars' son is following in his father's footsteps and the two were able to work the road together one last time on Thursday.