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News Release
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Galveston Names Interim Police Chief; Effective Thursday
City Announces Transition Plan for Police Department 

Galveston, Texas – Galveston Police Chief Charles Wiley will step down from command this Thursday, June 16.  Robert Simmons, a 25 year veteran of the Galveston Police Department and current Risk Manager for the City, will serve as interim Chief of Police.  

The timing of the transition was mutually agreed upon by Chief Wiley and Interim City Manager Brian Maxwell.  Chief Wiley will be on leave with pay until July 7, the date originally scheduled for his retirement.  He will also be available for consultation as needed.

Chief Charles Wiley announced his plans to retire from the department on April 29 following the termination of former City Manager Steve LeBlanc.  City officials have been searching for Wiley’s replacement and narrowed the original list of 55 applicants to just three finalists. 

Interim City Manager Maxwell expects to announce his selection by the end of the week with a goal of having the new Chief of Police in place in early July.   

The Galveston City Council must ratify the appointment of the Chief of Police and could do so at their June 23rd regular meeting.

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