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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Lee Howell Named Saginaw Chief of Police

The City of Saginaw has concluded a nationwide search to replace Roger Macon, who retired in April after serving for 17 years as Chief of Police. The search yielded over 80 applicants from 15 states. An independent law enforcement review panel coordinated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy identified the top ten applicants based on experience, credentials and education. The top ten applicants were asked to submit a writing sample which resulted in four semi-finalists being interviewed in person by a community Selection Committee that included:

  • Mayor Todd Flippo
  • Councilmember Cindy Bighorse
  • Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Chadwell
  • Fort Worth Police Department Assistant Chief Charles Ramirez
  • Texas Police Chiefs Association Immediate Past President Gary Johnson
  • Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Debbie Muelker
  • Saginaw Police Officers Association President Jose Murillo
  • Assistant City Manager Dolph Johnson, Fire Chief Doug Spears, Human Resources Director Melanie McManus, and City Secretary Janice England

Two finalists, Denton Chief Lee Howell and Saginaw Captain Russell Ragsdale participated in a public Meet & Greet held on June 16th at Saginaw High School.

City Manager Gabe Reaume is pleased to announce the selection of Lee Howell to serve as Saginaw’s next Chief of Police. Chief Howell comes from the Denton Police Department where he has served as Chief of Police for nearly seven years and a law enforcement career spanning over 35 years. Chief Howell brings a wealth of significant experience, a solid reputation and a proven track record of building strong community relationships, a commitment to training and professional standards, and an ability to lead collaboratively.

Chief Howell will soon be tasked with achieving Best Practices Recognition through the Texas Police Chiefs Association as well as hiring and mentoring officers in a growing department. We look forward to working with Chief Howell and anticipate his arrival in August.

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