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Public Safety News
City of Galveston
News Release
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Three Finalist Named in Search for Galveston Police Chief

GALVESTON, Texas – City Manager Brian Maxwell has announced the three finalists 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, panel interviewed seven candidates, and selected three finalists for interviews.

The three-finalist vying for the Chief’s position are Deputy Chief of Police Vernon Hale of the Dallas Police Department, retired Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik, and City Marshal Michael Gray.

More About the Finalist

Vernon Hale is currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the Dallas Police Department. As Deputy Chief of the Southeast Patrol Division Hale is responsible for an area that covers 65 square miles of the City and serves 176,000 citizens. He has been with the Dallas Police Department his entire career, starting as a patrol officer in 1992. Hale holds a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and a Bachelors of Arts & Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Dispute Resolution, and Emergency Management from UNT as well. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice for the University of Phoenix, an instructor of Incident Command Simulation Training for Sam Houston University’s LEMIT, an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at El Centro College, and an Adjunct Profession of Institute of Applied Economics at the University of North Texas.

George Buenik retired from the Houston Police Department in March of 2017 as Executive Assistant Chief. He proudly served in the Houston Police Department for 34 years and advanced through all the civil service ranks up to the second highest position of Executive Assistant Chief. The department was comprised of 5,200 officers and 200 civilians dedicated to providing community policing services to 2.3 million culturally diverse residents. He recently chaired the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Public Safety Committee. Buenik holds a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State and a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University.

Michael Gray is currently serving as the City Marshal for the City of Galveston, as position he has held since March of 2017. Previous to coming to work for the City of Galveston in January of 2014, he had served 13 years with the Galveston Police Department. During his time with the Galveston Police Department he progressed from patrol officer to Lieutenant. Gray is currently the City Marshal, Special Projects Manager, Downtown Business Liaison, Director of Code Enforcement, and Director of Parking Control. Gray holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University.

Maxwell will begin conducting final interviews next week and will make a selection which he will then forward to Council for confirmation.




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