Vernon C. Dougan – Stover
Vernon Dougan is a candidate for District 1 of the Co-Mo board of directors. As a retired Captain with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he understands the importance of public service and sees serving on the board as a way to continue serving the public into his retirement. He sees Co-Mo as a very important part of the community it serves and feels as a member of the board he would be able to help Co-Mo continue to improve the services and products it provides.
Vernon attended grade school in Otterville, Missouri, Junior High and High School in Sedalia, Missouri at Sedalia Junior High and Smith Cotton respectively. Upon graduation from high school Vernon entered the U.S. Army where he was trained as an Electronic Technician. When he completed training, he was assigned to Washington D.C. joining a joint service unit called the White House Communications Agency serving under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. After seven years in the Army, Vernon was honorably discharged and worked for E-Systems as an Electronic Technician providing technical support to a division of the Central Intelligence Agency. After the death of his wife, he and his son returned to Missouri and Vernon became a member of the Patrol’s 62nd recruit class. Vernon worked his way up through the ranks with assignments in Pettis, Clay and Jackson Counties before being promoted to Lieutenant and being assigned to Troop F in Jefferson City. While at Troop F, he supervised troopers and civilians and oversaw the Troop F SWAT team. Vernon was then assigned as Assistant Director and then Director of the Patrol’s Information and Communications Technology Division and ended his 28-year career with the Patrol as the Director of the Communications (radio) Division. He retired from the Patrol August 1, 2018.
Vernon has an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Mineral Area College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University of Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. While a member of the Patrol he completed training for management and executive level officers.
Vernon is a member of the American Legion of Stover and has been a member of the Legion since 2004. He is a member of the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society (MASTERS) since his retirement from the Patrol in 2018. He is also a member of the Missouri State Trooper’s Association (MOSTA) since 1990. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Buffalo Creek Citizen’s Patrol.
Vernon has been married to his wife Roxann for 29 years, has three sons and four grandchildren. He has had property south of Stover since 2005 where he and is wife built a “vacation” home and became members of Co-Mo in 2006. In 2017, Vernon and his wife moved to the property south of Stover and built their retirement home. After several moves during his Patrol career Vernon and his wife are looking forward to spending their remaining years, hopefully lots of them, in their new home.