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Local police chief unexpectedly retires

Daniel Porter's last official day is April 1.  (City of Bellmead photo/file)
Daniel Porter's last official day is April 1. (City of Bellmead photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:11 AM CDT
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BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) – Bellmead Police Chief Daniel Porter is retiring after almost a year-and-a-half in the role.

The 42-year law enforcement veteran’s last official day is April 1, KWTX confirmed Wednesday.

Bellmead City Manager Yost Zakhary, who previously served simultaneously as Woodway’s city manager and director of public safety before resigning amid a sexual harassment scandal, will serve as chief on an interim basis.

“I decided, after 42 years in the business, it was time to mosey off into the sunset,” Porter told KWTX. “I’m getting to the age where I’ve still got my health and there’s still things I want to do, it was just time.”

Porter says he’s relocating back up to North Texas to join the rest of his family and get their family horse business going again.

He says he’ll continue to be active in the chief’s associations he’s part of and may work as a reserve officer in Collin County.

Although the decision was a surprise to some, Porter says it was not “unexpected” as he’d been planning it since December before giving the Bellmead City Council 30-days notice on March 1.

“I do feel like the department is in good hands and we have made some real advances and positive changes,” said Porter. “I think the department will continue to grow and accomplish good things.”

In an effort to improve the department and its image, Porter had recently gotten several projects through council including raises for staff across the board and re-designing the department’s badge.

“I think they want a good, professional, proactive police department, and I think that’s the direction they’re heading,” said Porter.

He says he left for the right reasons.

“It was a great opportunity, I believe in what we set out to do, and I think we have accomplished a lot, but there’s still a lot to accomplish and a lot of changes that need to be made,” said Porter. “I”m going to miss it, but I’m also excited about closing one chapter and being able to move to the next chapter of my life.”

Porter reported for duty in November 2019 after the Bellmead City Council voted unanimously in October 2019 to hire him to replace Lydia Alvarado who retired after eight years as chief.

Porter had served as chief of police in Nolanville since March 2017.

Porter is a licensed Master Peace Officer who has a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

He started his career in law enforcement in the mid-70s, attending the Sheriff’s Academy in Dallas County and then working in the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office while he was a student at the University of North Texas.

He spent 20 years as an officer in Farmers Branch, rising to the rank of division commander and later worked for the Lavon Police Department.

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