Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Interim Police Chief for NBPD

Welkommen to New Braunfels, Interim Police Chief Whitmire!

City announces interim police chief

The city announced Tuesday its decision for an interim police chief starting May 3.

Bobby Whitmire, formerly a police chief in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, retired and has since served as an interim chief in College Station and Bryan, said Mike Morrison, New Braunfels city manager.

Whitmire will begin work May 3 for an undetermined amount of time but will not be fielded as a candidate for the open police chief job, Morrison.

NBPD Chief Ron Everett is set to retire April 30.

In meantime, Morrison said he and other city officials will send an invitation to members of the public in the next month to hear their opinions on issues concerning them and what to look for in a new chief. City staff recently met with about 30 people in the police department at all levels to discuss suggestions for a new chief, he said.

“We’re still in the preliminary stages,” Morrison said of the search for a new chief, noting the city expects the process to take about three to five months from start to finish.

Whitmire will be paid an hourly rate, roughly $8,000 to $9,000 per month, Morrison said.

Whitmire has not previously worked for the New Braunfels Police Department, Morrison said.