PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Police Chief Chuck Hooker announced his retirement from the department on Thursday.
Hooker’s final day on the job will be Friday, Jan. 6, making him the longest tenured city employee in history. Assistant Chief Jim Mclean will take over as acting chief.
Mayor Jeff Coleman said Chief Hooker has been instrumental in building the police department into a professional agency that truly understands the benefit of community policing. “I applaud and am thankful for his service.”
His initiatives are a major part of the reason, City Manager Brandon Wade says, Pflugerville is ranked as one of the safest cities in America. “Our community has ‘backed the blue’ and appreciates Hooker’s efforts and more than 30 years of dedicated service.”
Hooker first hit the streets of Pflugerville as a patrol officer in 1983, climbing the ranks through the years and finally becoming chief in 2004. “It is the men and women who have served with me both past and present who deserve the credit for making our agency one of the finest Police Departments in Texas,” the chief said.
Feted with a number of awards and honors, Hooker received the 2008 and 2011 “Outstanding Crime Prevention Manager” from the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association.
The city plans to honor Hooker at the Jan. 10, 2017 City Council meeting.