Temple: Three finalists selected for police chief’s job

Olathe, Kan., Deputy Chief of Police-Operations Shawn Reynolds (left), Houston Assistant Chief of Police Pedro (Pete) Lopez (center) and Arlington Deputy Chief James (Jim) Lowery, Jr. (right) are the finalists for the police chief’s job in Temple. (City of Temple photos)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Temple city officials have chosen three finalists for the police chief’s job.

Residents may meet the three candidates, Houston Assistant Chief of Police Pedro (Pete) Lopez, Arlington Deputy Chief James (Jim) Lowery, Jr., and Olathe, Kan., Deputy Chief of Police-Operations Shawn Reynolds, at a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center at 3303 North 3rd St.

The city received applications from 56 candidates in 22 states, 23 of whom were from Texas, in the search for a successor to former Chief Floyd Mitchell, who left Temple in November to become Lubbock’s police chief.

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

More about the finalists

Pedro (Pete) Lopez, Jr. has 32 years of law enforcement executive experience in the nation's fourth-largest city and fifth-largest municipal police agency. Lopez currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Police, Patrol Region 1 for the Houston Police Department, a position he has held since August 2018. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Police, Organizational Development Command and has held many other positions and ranks in the department since 1991. Prior to his career with the Houston Police Department, he held positions at the Harris County Sheriff's Department in Houston and the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville, Texas. Additionally, Lopez has a military career that spans over 27 years. Lopez holds a master's degree in criminology from the University of Houston, a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Mountain State University and is a graduate of FBI National Academy Session 272. He is president of the Hispanic Officer of The Year Committee, Law Enforcement Advisor to the Houston Chapter of the Latino Peace Officer Association, Chair of the Houston Police Department Citizens Advisory Board, a member of the Administrative Personnel Committee, Chair of the Employee Early Warning System, a member of the FBI National Academy Association, and a member of the IACP.

James (Jim) Lowery, Jr. is a law enforcement executive with 37 years of policing experience. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief, Central Investigations Division for the Arlington, Texas, Police Department, a position he has held since January of 2018. Prior to this, he served as the department's Deputy Chief, Field Operations Bureau - South District for four years. He has served in numerous positions and ranks in the department since 1983.
Lowery holds a master's degree in strategic leadership and a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, both from Mountain State University. He has a TCOLE Master Peace Officer's License, National Incident Management System (FEMA) training, and has received many awards and accolades through the Arlington PD, including the Distinguished Service Award, Life Saving Award, SWAT Award, Community Service Award, Honor Guard Award, Police Officer's Award, and Medal of Merit. He was salutatorian of the Basic Peace Officer Academy Class at Tarrant County Community College and received the Rotary District 5790 Vocational Excellence Award/Law Enforcement in 2017.

Shawn Reynolds is a law enforcement executive with 25 years of experience in leading a police agency in investigations, customer service, law and order, security, public service, law enforcement training, media operations, and police force activities. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Police-Operations for the Olathe, Kansas, Police Department, a position he has held since November of 2016. He previously served as the department's Deputy Chief of Police-Administration and has held several other positions and ranks with the department since January of 1996. Prior to this, he served with the Leavenworth, Kansas, Police Department, and served as Radioman for the United States Navy for over five years. Reynolds holds a master's degree in organizational administration and a bachelor's degree in management and human relations, both from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and is a graduate of the KLETC Kansas Police Administrators' Seminar, National Academy's FBI Session #244, and Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course. Reynolds is a member of IACP, the FBI National Academy Association, Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Kansas Police Officer's Association, and American Legion. (Source: City of Temple)

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.