Mustang has had more than its fair share of good fortune when it comes to its civil servants – staff who go above and beyond, people who make a difference every day in residents’ lives.
This month, one of those, a man who has helped so many, far beyond Mustang’s borders, will move on to the next phase of his life – and our community will be a little less bright because of it.
That man is Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley. The chief earlier this year announced his imminent retirement; later this week, the celebration of his time here will take place, as work moves forward on finding the city’s next top police official.
Foley has certainly put in his dues, working before Mustang in Oklahoma City for 35 years. He began his tenure as Mustang police chief in June 2011.
Those are technical details, though, and although they are important – as is all of the many things the chief has done to move Mustang Police Department forward – for me, there is another side of Chuck Foley that go beyond even that.
I’m talking about the man who has for several years braved the cold waters of the Oklahoma City Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics, the chief who leads his staff each year during Christmas with an Officer, an outreach to area children who might not otherwise have a holiday. He’s the man who called me to his office to ask for help because the spouse of one of his own was desperately ill, a man who not only provides safety and security to those around him, but also is a source of inspiration and love.
He’s the kind of person I believe a lot of people would like to be. I know a 17-year-old – my son, in fact – who calls Chuck Foley one of the greatest people he’s ever met in the nine years I’ve been working as a reporter in Canadian County.
That praise doesn’t come cheaply.
It really is true that we have a lot of amazingly giving people in Mustang, in Canadian County, and we are all incredibly lucky to live in a place where service and giving is the way of life for so many. While Chuck Foley isn’t the only person who fits that description, he certainly is at the top of the list – and he will be impossible to replace.
Thank you, chief, for everything. We wish you the best, but you will be missed more than you know.