The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
Jim Walters may be retiring from Port Neches Police Department but he’s not going far.
Walters will retire from his post as assistant police chief on Sept. 30 after 24 years of service. Then Walters, with the help of his wife Rhonda, will embark on a new venture as owners of Pizza Inn in Port Neches. The current business owner, Donnie Broussard, will “hang around a while and help” while Walters learns the ropes.
“This is something my wife and I have talked about for years,” Walters said during a reception in his honor at the police station on Thursday. “Our kids are grown and this opportunity came along. I’ll still be around, down the road.”
Walters said he has known Broussard for about 20 years and was excited when he learned of the opportunity to own the business.
But this won’t be his first stint as a business owner. He was associated with Triangle Limo for about year but realized he couldn’t be at both jobs at the same time, he said.
Paul Lemoine, Port Neches police chief, said Walters has always had a good business sense and he feels Walters will find success in this career as well.
Walters’ law enforcement career began after he completed police academy in Baytown in 1984 then went to work for Crystal Beach Police Department. He also worked Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before starting at PNPD in September 1989.
Much has changed in law enforcement through the decades.
“Back then (when he began law enforcement) you had to be 21 to buy a gun and I was a commissioned officer at age 19,” he said. I had to have someone buy my gun for me.”
By 1999 Walters moved to the investigations division of the department and has worked a number of high profile cases such as the Joe Edward Larue case. Larue was accused of murdering Donna Pentecost in 1989. Former Police Chief Gene Marsh had the case first and Walters later “inherited” it. He was also involved in a high profile case in which the suspects were wanted for the theft of automatic teller machines. The thefts occurred in portions of Texas and Louisiana.
Besides taking ownership of Pizza Inn, Walters will continue serving on Port Neches-Groves ISD school board.