Ron Scaggs of Festus has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in law enforcement. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri presented the award to Scaggs at the start of the May 9 meeting of the Jefferson College Board of Trustees, of which he is a board member.
“I was incredibly surprised and flattered,” Scaggs said of receiving the award. “If I’ve had any success in my life, it’s because I’d surrounded myself with very smart, talented people.”
Attorney Jeff Jensen presented Scaggs with the award at the Viking Room in the college’s Student Center on the Hillsboro campus.
“We wanted it to be a surprise, so the school board helped us out in arranging the acceptance of the award,” said Terri Dougherty of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Scaggs served as the Festus Police chief for 14 years before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Missouri in 1998 as its law enforcement coordinator.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Scaggs entered law enforcement as a patrol officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and later became a homicide detective and an undercover officer with the vice squad before becoming the Festus Police chief.