Corpus Christi (KIII News) — Commander John Houston retired from the Corpus Christi Police Department on Oct. 19, but his commitment to serving the community expands well beyond his work with the police.
Houston celebrated a significant milestone with the department and is already back to work.
"My retirement didn't last long," Houston said.
For the past 26 years, Houston has volunteered for CASA of the Coastal Bend. Four to five times a year he teaches CASA volunteers how to commit their time to help neglected and abused children in Nueces County.
"I've always dropped my schedule anytime they've asked me for help because they do such a great thing for the community," Houston said.
On Friday, Houston was surprised with gifts, pictures and thank you's for his dedication to making a change in our community.
"It was very heartwarming for me especially after being a cop for almost 39 years," Houston said.
According to Houston, over the years he has seen the type of drugs change dramatically in our city.
"I don't get into the politics of it. I go by what I see and what has hurt Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi over the years has been hurt by drugs," Houston said.
Houston believes it will continue to happen until citizens say enough is enough.
Overall Houston has high hopes for the future of Corpus Christi and said through his public voice he will continue to do his part in keeping the city a beautiful and safe place to raise a family.
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