City Manager to recommend police chief selection

Released by the City of Longview:

LONGVIEW, TX - City Manager David Willard will recommend to City Council the selection of Don Dingler as Chief of the Longview Police Department.

Currently the Assistant Chief, Dingler has served in a variety of capacities during his 37 years in the Longview Police Department. Mr. Willard's recommendation will be presented to City Council during the regularly scheduled council meeting on Thursday, December 9.

If approved, Assistant Chief Dingler would become Police Chief at the end of January 2011 following the retirement of Chief J.B. McCaleb.

According to David Willard, "Chief Dingler is an example of a true public servant, and he is someone that has the experience and knowledge to continue moving the department forward. "I believe Chief Dingler will be an excellent leader for the Longview Police Department."

Regarding his recommendation, Dingler stated, "I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as the next Police Chief of the Longview Police Department and eager to continue moving ahead with programs such as the Police Area Representatives and Community Policing. Both of these programs involve a partnership with the public, and we will continue to pursue a positive relationship with the citizens of Longview. I appreciate the support of City Manager David Willard, Chief McCaleb, and members of the department. I will ensure that the Longview Police Department will maintain the status as a 'Recognized Law Enforcement Agency' in the State of Texas."

After serving as police chief since 2003, J.B. McCaleb announced in September that he would be retiring in January. As with all of the City's director-level positions, the City Manager is responsible for making a selection, which is subject to approval by City Council.