City of Amarillo starts nationwide search for new police chief

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — A nationwide search for a new police chief for Amarillo will soon be underway.

As we first told you, Chief Ed Drain, of the Amarillo Police Department accepted the position of police chief in Plano last week.

Today, Chief Drain and the City of Amarillo, addressed his leaving and when his position will be filled.

Chief Drain said he will soon be leaving to Plano but not because he does not love APD.

“Both my wife and I would like to be closer to our families in general,” Chief Drain said.

According to Chief Drain, during his tenure, he has seen successful improvements, such as quicker response times and lower crime rates.

“Seeing incremental decrease in our property crime, but this is the first year we have seen some really, a good decrease in our violent crime as well down also about 9.8 percent this year for the violent crime,” Chief Drain explained.

City Manager, Jared Miller, said he is looking to choose a replacement that has Amarillo’s best interest at heart, but not before choosing an interim chief to step in.

“We will be doing a national search for a new chief here in Amarillo. We’re going to use an interim chief that will come from outside the organization,” said Miller.

Miller told us by searching outside, this will give a fair chance for those qualified individuals in APD to apply.

“I want to set them up so they’ll be able to put their best foot forward to be able to apply for the positions. We will also interview external candidates as well,” Miller said.

As far as when the new chief will be chosen remains unknown for right now, but city officials said they are looking at whoever is right for the job.

“Hopefully we’ll get lots of good candidates and then the city manager will have a hard time picking the right person.”

There is no set date on when a new chief will be chosen however the city is trying to get the interim chief in before drain leaves.

You can see the press conference below:

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