In addition, Assistant Chief Scott Fletcher and Assistant Chief Roger White have also announced their retirements.
Assistant Chief Fletcher announced his retirement on July 13, following more than 26 years of service with the Denton Police Department, while Assistant Chief White formally announced his retirement on July 10, following more than 34 years of service. Both retirements are effective July 27.
City Manager Todd Hileman has met with Denton PD command staff to discuss interim chief duties and the qualities they are seeking in new leadership.
“While it is unfortunate that we are losing three members of our senior leadership team in the Police Department in such a short amount of time, the level of tenure, professionalism, and experience among the ranks in this department makes me confident that we will have a smooth transition moving forward,” said City Manager Todd Hileman. “I am incredibly thankful for the dedication of Chief Howell, Assistant Chief Fletcher, and Assistant Chief White. I wish them all the best as they move forward in their careers.”
Assistant Chiefs Fletcher and White both held numerous positions in the Denton Police Department throughout their careers. Fletcher has served as a reserve officer, patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. White has served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain, and was a founding member of the DPD Tactical (SWAT) unit along with Chief Howell. Both have chosen to leave Denton PD to pursue other career opportunities.
Prior to his departure, Chief Howell is overseeing the process to select at least one assistant police chief over the next seven to 10 days. The new assistant chief is expected to be named effective July 28 in order to provide an important resource in the chain of command.
“Denton should be proud of the men and women of the Denton Police Department that work hard every day to keep our community safe,” said Chief Howell. “I have no doubt Denton will continue to have exceptional service throughout this period of transition.”
The City is using the services of Ralph Andersen & Associates to conduct a nation-wide search for the new police chief. The position has been posted and interested candidates should apply by July 27. After reviewing all applications and selecting finalists, there will be a two-day inclusive interview process. The interview process will include receptions for both the public and the City Council to provide feedback to the City Manager, who will hire the police chief. The interviews will tentatively be held August 30 and 31. Additional information will be released as details are finalized.
Interested candidates can learn more about the position by going to www.ralphandersen.com.