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There's a New Chief in Town

Alumnus Named Houston Police Chief


Charles McClelland (M.A. Sociology, 2000) is officially the new Chief of Police for the city of Houston. In front of a supportive audience of city staffers and council members on Wednesday, March 31, Mayor Annise Parker announced her decision.

McClelland took over as acting chief when former Chief Harold Hurtt stepped down on December 30, 2009 and was officially sworn in as Chief of Police on April 14, 2010.

McClelland has more than 32 years of service to HPD, joining the department as a patrol officer in 1977 and rising through the ranks to become an executive assistant chief in charge of the Investigative Operations Command. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has received numerous awards and commendations.

McClelland, 55, was born in Center, Texas. He has two daughters.  He will lead a department of approximately 5,400 sworn officers. (Source: )

Watch the announcement of McClelland's appointment on the abc13 website .

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