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Chief of Police Search

The City of Garland invites residents to provide input regarding the search for the City’s next Chief of Police. After 16 years of leadership, current Police Chief Mitch Bates has accepted a new position as Garland’s Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer. This new position will assist in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City.

In an effort to engage residents in the search for this vital leadership position, the City has partnered with various organizations to host meetings as a forum to identify the candidate attributes, background and experiences that are most important to the community.

Below is a schedule of upcoming meetings. All sessions are open to the public. 

    • Saturday, Dec. 8
      Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      Location: Garland Central Library – North Program Room, 625 Austin St.
      Spanish translation services will be available.

    • Sunday, Dec. 16 (Hosted by the Vietnamese American Community)
      Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      Location: Vietnamese American Community Center, 3221 Beltline Rd.
      Vietnamese translation services will be available.

Residents who are unable to attend may participate via a Citizen Feedback Survey or by contacting the City’s Human Resources Department at GarlandHR@GarlandTX.gov.