GroupOne Background Screening’s flag is flying half-mast today as we learned the sad news of the passing of Doris Dennis on July 22. Doris was the former director of GroupOne from 1995 until her retirement in 2007.

She led a storied life, enjoying a long career with the Garland Police Department before retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service. Her tenure with the police department was an historic one as she was Garland’s first female police officer.

Doris received several awards for her work in law enforcement, including the Ayers B. Compton Humanitarian Award for Texas Police Officers; the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award from the Garland Jaycees; and a Garland PTA Lifetime membership for her service to the community. After retiring from the police department, she worked at GroupOne until her retirement.

Doris was a huge football fan and loved the Garland Owls, the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. She was always a major participant in the annual UT/OU Football Fridays at GroupOne, decorating her office, wearing burnt orange and going head-to-head with fans of OU. Doris loved her family and friends and was always the life of the party. Though she was small in stature, she was bigger than life.

Born March 5, 1941, throughout her life Doris always put others first and would often do without so she could help others. She was one of the good people and she will be missed.