HUTTO-Hutto Police Chief, Harold Q. Thomas, will retire after 5 years at the helm of the City’s Police Department, the City of Hutto announced this morning.
“We wish Harold well in his retirement and are grateful for his years of service to this community and the City of Hutto,” City Manager Edward Broussard stated.
Thomas, who began his law enforcement career in Odessa, Texas, became Hutto’s Police Chief in December 2005. During Thomas’ five year tenure, the city continued to enjoy low crime rates. As Hutto’s top cop, Thomas acquired additional equipment for personnel to enhance police efficiency and officer safety while improving police coverage and response time throughout the city.
Thomas’ other achievements include the building and organization of the department during Hutto’s exponential growth. The department currently has on staff 25 sworn police officers with one vacancy.
Broussard said he does not expect to move quickly in finding a new chief, as he plans to conduct a national search and include citizen engagement in the recruitment process. He will seek assistance from the community, City Council and City staff in defining the characteristics and qualifications of a new chief.
The Police Department, while reporting directly to City Manager Edward Broussard for accountability purposes, will be under the leadership of Lt. Todd Looney and Lt. Dwain Jones, with business as usual during the transition.
“Lieutenants Looney and Jones are both very well versed and familiar with not only the operations but also with each member of our Police Department. We have a fabulous group of officers. They are professional and dedicated men and women. I have the utmost confidence in their abilities and in the level of service they will continue to provide to our citizens. They will be fine under the leadership of Looney and Jones until we have completed the recruitment process,” stated Broussard.
Mayor Debbie Holland and members of the Hutto City Council wish Chief Thomas well in his retirement, and look forward to a new chapter in leadership of the Hutto Police Department.