The Town of Purcellville gave longtime Administrative Assistant Kitty Dugay a big send off Jan. 4.
Dugay retired after almost 19 years of service with the police department. Often the public face of the department, Dugay’s reassuring voice usually was the first thing members of the public heard when they called in.
Her service mirrored the growth of the agency that has tripled since she began work there on a part-time basis in 1998. She was the department’s first administrative support employee and served as the department’s administrative assistant/records manager.
During her career, Dugay worked with four police chiefs. McAlister’s immediate predecessor Chief Darryl C. Smith Sr. was on hand Jan. 4 to wish her well in her retirement, while former Chief Dwayne Atkinson—who hired her in 1988—called in from Florida. Another former Purcellville police chief, David Simpson, now mayor of Hamilton, was unable to attend.
On Jan. 5, Dugay was enjoying her first day at home. “It’s a different feeling,” she said, laughing.
In addition to many complimentary remarks, the department presented her with a shadow box, complete with her police badge and two patches, her lifetime rescue squad badge and EMT badge, 10-year pins and a 15-year pin from the Town of Purcellville.
Dugay plans to spend some time on herself, improving her health and traveling with her husband, Jim. The couple plans eventually to head off to warmer climates, doing some sightseeing from their 34-foot camper.
And the department’s welcoming voice won’t miss a beat, as Christa Kermode, previously a receptionist for the town, began training with Dugay a couple of weeks ago and is now on the job full time.