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An Exit Interview with HPD Chief McClelland: Tuesday’s Show (February 16, 2016)

Charles McClelland has been a member of the Houston Police Department since 1977. He worked his way up through the ranks, and became the Chief of Police in 2010. Now, after more than 38 years on the force– and more than five years at the helm — Chief McClelland is retiring, effective in ten days […]

Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media

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Charles McClelland has been a member of the Houston Police Department since 1977. He worked his way up through the ranks, and became the Chief of Police in 2010. Now, after more than 38 years on the force– and more than five years at the helm — Chief McClelland is retiring, effective in ten days (Feb. 26, 2016). Before he goes, he joins us for an exit interview on this edition of Houston Matters.

As we discuss Chief McClelland’s accomplishments, regrets and thoughts on the state of law enforcement, we welcome your questions for him.

Also this hour: Last month, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) brought together a number of medical experts to work on a national model for retraining, credentialing and privileging practicing surgeons in order to ensure all practicing surgeons are fit to deliver the highest quality care throughout their careers. We learn about that effort from one of the organizers: Dr. Barbara Bass, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Executive Director of the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education.

Plus: You may not have heard of industrial designer Henry Beer, but it’s likely if you’ve spent any time in the Uptown/Galleria neighborhood, you’ve noticed his street signs. He designed those striking stainless steel arches and street sign circles hanging above major intersections in the upscale shopping hub. Beer is back to work on more stainless steel iterations, as part of renovations along Post Oak Boulevard. Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps learns more.

(Above: Outgoing HPD Chief Charles McClelland. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

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