Retired Waterloo Police Chief honored with lifetime achievement award

Doyle Marquart retired from the Waterloo Police Department in November 2016, having served more than 38 years as its Police Chief.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Marquart helped grow the village department in every way imaginable — from its size to its reputation as a leader in community policing.

Born and raised in Waterloo, Doyle grew up on Swift Street – one of six children to parents Leslie and Ilda. He would graduate from Waterloo High School in 1965 before enlisting in the Army.

He served his country with honors, completing two tours in Vietnam with the fourth infantry division and later the ninth infantry. He was awarded a bronze star for his efforts with the Army Security Agency.

After returning home to his fiancée, Jean, the young couple settled back in Waterloo and started a family of four (Les, Lori, Lee & Lisa). Doyle would take a job with Evans Chemetics, the company that his father worked for, until a position became available at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department.

While at the Sheriff’s office, working under Matt McKeon, Doyle realized that law enforcement would be his lifelong career. After being promoted to sergeant, Marquart began to position himself for additional administrative responsibilities.

He enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology, thanks in part to the G.I. Bill, and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. His efforts to further his education helped him land the role as Waterloo Police Chief in August, 1978.

There, Chief Marquart led the department through the technology revolution – helping usher in such firsts as: portable radios, radar units and computerized records management.

He was also active in the community – teaching at Finger Lakes Community College, serving on the Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day committee and helping create North Seneca Ambulance as a founding member.

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