Marshall commissioners announce new police chief

Published: Sep. 28, 2017 at 7:14 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2017 at 10:47 PM CDT
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MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - Marshall, Texas city commissioners have announced the new police chief Thursday evening.

The commissioners picked retiring Little Rock FBI Senior Supervisory Agent Cliff Carruth.

Chief Carruth has 26 years of law enforcement experience. He graduated from East Texas Police Academy and worked for the Longview Police Department for 6 years.

After his appointment, he told KSLA that he and his family have been waiting for the chance to come to work in Marshall and he will capitalize on the work that's already been done to bridge the gap between the police and the public.

"I'm excited about coming here and getting involved in the community, working with the community and making Marshall Police Department the best agency in Texas. That's my goal," he said.

Chief Carruth's first day will be Oct. 30th.

The meeting was held in commission chambers in Marshall City Hall, 401 S. Alamo St.

The agenda calls for commissioners to go behind closed doors to discuss the appointment.

After the executive session, they will decide in public whether to "consent to the city manager's appointment of a chief of police."

The actions come almost a half year since Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa, with two years left in his five-year contract, resigned from the post to pursue another opportunity.

The Police Department has been led by an interim police chief since May 11.

That's when commissioners approved of the appointment of retired Addison, Texas, Police Chief Ron Davis to fill in until Campa's successor is chosen.

Davis, who retired from Addison Police Department in May 2015, has 37 years of law enforcement experience.

Approval of the city manager's appointment Thursday would mean Marshall's third police chief in five months.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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