Marshall, TX, selects interim police chief

Published: May. 11, 2017 at 7:23 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2017 at 11:48 PM CDT
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MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - A former Texas lawman will lead the Marshall, Texas, Police Department while city officials look for a full-time police

Retired Addison, Texas, Police Chief Ron Davis was announced Thursday night as Marshall's interim police chief.

He has 37 years of experience in law enforcement after retiring from Addison PD back in May 2015.

Davis told KSLA he will begin his administration Friday morning by being out with the people.

"First thing is getting to know the people and the culture," he said. "Some people might say 'Is that so important?' It's everything because every organization has its own personality its own culture and I need to figure out what that is so that I can know how to work effectively in that culture."

Word of his selection comes more than two weeks after Marshall's police chief submitted his letter of resignation.

KSLA News 12 first reported the story on the now former Marshall Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa's resignation at the end of April.

Campa said he was resigning to pursue another employment opportunity.

The Marshall City Commission met Thursday evening to determine the interim leadership in the department until a permanent chief is in place.

Commissioners were to convene in executive session to discuss City Manager Lisa Agnor's appointment of an interim police chief.

Following the executive session, commissioners voted on whether to give their consent to Agnor's appointment.

Campa, an El Paso native, first took the helm of the department Aug. 18, 2014.

According to Campa's employment contract with the city obtained by KSLA through an Open Records Request, the former chief signed a four-year contract and resigned with more than a year left on it.

Campa's agreement with the city can be terminated, according to the contract, provided he gives a 60-day written notice of his resignation.

Once the city receives a police chief's letter of resignation, the contract reads it is at their discretion whether or not to terminate the chief immediately.

At the end of April, Agnor told KSLA she chose to decline Campa's 60-day notice and the former chief left the police department within days of submitting his letter of resignation.

Last week, city leaders announced they would bring in a law enforcement administrator from outside MPD to serve as interim chief.

Agnor announced an executive placement firm was hired to recruit someone to fill Campa's seat.

Now, the city is searching for a permanent police chief.

City leaders told KSLA they are handling that search in-house and have already begun advertising for the position. They said they hope to have a permanent police chief in four months.

Until then, they told KSLA they're happy to have Davis' experience at the helm of MPD.

"There's something to be said for being at this business a long time," Davis told KSLA. "Good management is good management. I believe the public, when I left, based on the send-off, were very pleased with how I managed the department and the officers. We're very appreciative of my time there, I felt like."

"I feel like I'm ready to go in."

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