Lieutenant Mike Eppler of the Denison Police Department says he wears many hats. Considering the role he plays in the Denison PD, some would call "many hats" an understatement.

Lieutenant Mike Eppler of the Denison Police Department says he wears many hats. Considering the role he plays in the Denison PD, some would call "many hats" an understatement.


Eppler is currently Denison PD’s public information officer, a crime prevention officer, commander of the community services division and a jail administrator. And for every job that he does now, there are numerous jobs he worked previously.


Eppler was born in Nashville, Tennessee but has lived most of his life in Denison. After attending Grayson College, he began his law enforcement career by working communications at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office when he was "just barely 21," he said. He reported to work at the original location of the county jail, which was on the fourth floor of the courthouse.


Eppler eventually became a field officer at the Sheriff’s Office and spent a total of 13 years there. He began his career at the Denison PD in 1990. In 1996, Eppler became the department’s first-ever public information officer; a position he said is usually not sought after in police departments, but that he enjoys doing.


Eppler’s other positions throughout the years include patrol officer, detective, relief supervisor, commander of the detective division and patrol commander.


Having experienced many different aspects of working in law enforcement, Eppler has trouble pinpointing what he likes most about his job(s).


"It’s hard to say, because I really enjoy all of it," Eppler said, "But I get to deal with people in a very positive way. … That’s definitely the best part of it."


On the other hand, Eppler said it can be difficult seeing people in the "lowest point" of their lives.


"Especially in the case of a homicide. Especially involving children — that’s the absolute worst." he said.


When he’s not fulfilling one of his many duties at the Denison PD, Eppler said his number-one past time is being with his family, which consists of his wife, their two sons, and his wife’s son and daughter from a previous marriage. Occasionally he plays tuba with his youngest son in the Denison High School band. They also frequently go camping on Lake Texoma.


Upon being asked about future plans with the Denison PD, Eppler said he’s happy where he is, but that he’ll go wherever he’s needed.


"It’s not a job. It’s a calling and it’s a career," he said, "If somebody thinks they want to go into law enforcement just to get a paycheck, they probably need to be doing something else."