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News Release
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eight Finalist Named in Search for Galveston Police Chief
Four internal candidates and four external candidates selected for final interviews for Chief’s position

GALVESTON, Texas – The City of Galveston is considering eight candidates for the Police Chief position that will be vacated when current Chief Richard Boyle retires in February of 2018. The City received 46 applications for the position from October 13th to October 27th and has since narrowed down the selection to eight final candidates that possess the requisite skills and expertise. 

“The caliber of applications that we have to choose from speaks volumes to where we are as a City,” said City Manager Brian Maxwell. “It is even more impressing to me that we have four internal candidates that are willing to commit to that level of leadership and meet the qualifications.”

The internal candidates vying for the Chief’s position are Captain Larry Chambers, Sergeant Destin Sims, Sergeant John Courtney, and City Marshal Michael Gray.

Four external candidates were selected for interviews. Chief Glen “Allen” Fowler of the Watuga Police Department, Deputy Chief of Police Vernon Hale of the Dallas Police Department, Law Enforcement Deputy Chief Tammy Burr of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, and retired Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik.

An interview panel comprised of five members of the City’s leadership team and two community members began conducting the interviews on Wednesday November 29th. The interview panel includes City Manager Brian Maxwell, Deputy City Manager Daniel Buckley, Police Chief Richard Boyle, Executive Directors Kent Etienne and David Smith, James Patterson and David Miller both lifelong Galveston residents who bring varying perspectives to the panel. 

The interview panel will continue interviews on Thursday November 30th, 2017. Once completed, City Manager Brian Maxwell will receive input from the panel and based on that information and his own observations during the interview process will narrow the applicant pool to finalists.  Maxwell will then conduct final interviews and make a selection which he will then forwarded to Council for confirmation.

“Our goal is to make our selection by the end of year in hopes of providing the selected candidate ample time to work side by side with Chief Boyle as they transition into the role,” Maxwell said.

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