UPDATE: Houston Police Chief McClelland To Retire

Chief Charles McClelland announced the decision at a press conference with new Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.


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Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland

Houston’s police chief will retire effective at the end of this month.

Chief Charles McClelland announced the decision at a press conference with new Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

McClelland, 61, has been with HPD for 39 years and worked his way up through the ranks.

Former Mayor Annise Parker appointed him as chief in 2010.

Turner did not announce who will replace McClelland as chief of the department but did say an interim chief will be named to take over until a permanent replacement is selected.

In a statement, the chief said:

“This is a decision that was reached after much personal thought and consultation with my family," McClelland said. "It was not an easy decision, but I know it is the right decision for me personally. I am leaving HPD in a better place than it was six years ago."

Mayor Turner, in a statement, praised McClelland for his service:

"I want to thank Chief McClelland for his 39 years of service to the City," he said. "He is a respected figure in the community who has served this city well and has many accomplishments of which to be proud. The city's crime rate during his tenure is lower than it was for the previous six years and citizen complaints filed against our officers are at a record low."

McClelland was sworn in as a police officer in September 1977. He managed the fifth largest police agency in the nation with a budget of more than $825 million and a staff of 5200 sworn officers and 1200 civilian employees.

The chief considers a lower crime rate, HPD's healthy finances and improved community relations as some of the accomplishments he’s most proud of.

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