After almost four months without one, the Joshua Police Department has a new police chief.
Shaun Short was named the new Joshua police chief last week, filling the vacancy left by Sammy Hancock, whose last day was July 31.
Short, who will begin Jan. 4, was formerly the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport assistant police chief.
Capt. Josh Lyon was serving as interim police chief.
City Manager Josh Jones said Hancock was hired by former JPD Chief Tom Cowan to serve as captain on a temporary basis for 18-24 months. Hancock was the city’s third police chief over the past two years.
Cowan was named chief in January 2014 and resigned in August 2014 because of health problems. He retired as the Burleson Police Department’s chief before he was named the JPD chief.
Cowan replaced Chief Annabeth Robertson who said she was forced out and fired from her job in December 2013.
Short has served with the DFW airport since 1988. According to this LinkedIn, Short received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and police science from Tarleton State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas in 2002.
“I think he’s going to be a great fit for the Joshua Police Department,” Jones said. “His years of both field and administrative experience, in addition to a significant amount of education and training, made him a prime candidate to take over as chief of police.
“Once I had a chance to sit down and speak with him, it’s obvious how and why he’s risen to the level he has within his current agency.”
Jones said four people were considered for the position: Short, Fort Worth Police Department Lt. Chris Beckrich, Corinth Police Department Lt. Carrie West and retired Department of Homeland Security officer Glenn Meeks.
“I had four very qualified and quality candidates to choose from, and I think Joshua and the police department would’ve been in good hands with any of the four, but, at the end of the day, I thought Shaun was the best fit for what the JPD and the community needs right now,” Jones said.
Jones said the review board had 64 applicants for the position that was looked over by Lyon, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Powell, Joshua councilman Brent Gibson and Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance.
“The next round consisted of a written essay and short video interview,” Jones said. “I and Capt. Lyon ‘graded’ the essays, and the city’s [Human Resources] Manager LaDonna Davis and Assistant City Manager Mike Peacock, reviewed the video interviews with me.”
Lyon said they are ready for a new chief.
“We’re very excited to have him on board,” Lyon said. “The experience that he brings is going to be a great benefit to the department.”