Temple: City announces new police chief

Shawn Reynolds, the deputy chief of police operations in Olathe, Kan., was named Temple’s new police chief Tuesday. (City of Temple photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Shawn Reynolds, the deputy chief of police operations in Olathe, Kan., was named Temple’s new police chief Tuesday.

Reynolds, who joined the Olathe Police Department in 1996, was chosen from among 56 applicants from 22 states in the search for a successor to former Chief Floyd Mitchell, who left Temple in November to become Lubbock’s police chief.

"Shawn has a stellar record of law enforcement experience and a strong background in all areas of police operations. Shawn is an engaging and visionary servant leader who is the perfect fit for our community.” City Manager Brynn Myers said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Reynolds holds a master’s degree in organizational administration with an emphasis in leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University, in Olathe, Kan, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

"I am humbled to have been selected as the Police Chief for the City of Temple. I look forward to working alongside the hardworking, dedicated, and professional men and women of the Temple Police Department, the City of Temple, and the Temple community," Reynolds said.

“It is a distinct honor to be able to serve and I am looking forward to building strong relationships together."

Temple Police Department veteran Jim Tobin has served as interim chief since early November 2019, as he did in 2015 before Mitchell was hired.

Mitchell, was serving as a division commander with the Kansas City, Mo., police department where he was responsible for 165 law enforcement personnel, nine civilian employees, and 12 detention facility offices, when he was hired in July 2015 to replace retired Chief Gary Smith.

Smith retired on June 30, 2015 after a 37-year career with the department that started with a part-time job soon after he graduated from high school.

Smith, a Temple native and 1978 graduate of Temple High School, started his law enforcement career in June 1978 as a part-time employee of the photo lab and jail.

He was hired full time as a dispatcher in February 1979 and became a patrol officer in November 1980.

In September 1986 he was promoted to sergeant and in 1989 was assigned to create the department's SWAT Team.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 1989 and in 1995 was named interim chief of police after the retirement of Chief Thomas Vannoy.

He served as interim chief until the appointment of Chief Ralph Evangelous in July 1995.

He served as deputy chief until August 2004 when he was named to succeed Evangelous.