Bayou Vista City Council, following an interview of three candidates on Monday, voted unanimously to offer League City Police Department Sergeant Paul Odin the city’s police chief position.
According to Mayor Bobby Rosenquist, Odin has accepted the offer, which is pending a background check and drug test. Other top candidates included Eric Bruss of Santa Fe, and Eric Nevelow, a retired member of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Rosenquist said the Odin, Bruss and Nevelow were “neck-and-neck” for the position, and credited the work of a panel selected to provide the three top candidates from 60 applicants for the job.
“We had three excellent candidates,” Rosenquist said. “The city could not have gone wrong with these three, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the panel.”
The panel consisted of Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto, Tommy Hanson of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, J.C. “Bubba” Campbell, Randy Shannon of Bayou Vista Police Department, and Rosenquist himself.
Odin has served with League City Police Department since 1995. Prior to that, he served at West University Police Department, and served in the military as a United States Air Force Elite Guard Supervisor.
Following formal acceptance of the position, Odin is expected to officially take charge of Bayou Vista’s police department on April 1, according to Rosenquist. His starting salary will be $50,000, and is slated to increase to $52,000 after six months.
The city council voted to call a general election for May 12 to elect a mayor and two aldermen positions. Aldermen with terms expiring are Rick Nally in Position 1 and Todd Sutherland in Position 5.
The city council voted to approve the city’s Fair Housing Activity Statement – Texas. The document, which helps in identifying impediments to affordable housing, is a requirement for Round 2.2 funding through the Community Development Block Grant Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program.
All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with Alderman Rick Nally absent. Agenda