Mayor Annise Parker today named acting Chief Charles McClelland as her choice to be Houston’s next police chief.
“Chief McClelland is an innovative thinker with the respect of the rank and file and a deep knowledge of the community,” said Mayor Parker. “His commitment to decentralized policing and his managerial experience and training make him the crime fighting leader Houston and HPD need right now. I am confident he’ll be able to make the tough decisions and smart choices that will get more officers on the streets patrolling our neighborhoods.”
McClelland has more than 32 years of service to HPD, joining the department as a patrol officer in 1977 and rising through the ranks to his current position as an executive assistant chief in charge of the Investigative Operations Command. He was promoted to the department’s command staff in 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has received numerous awards and commendations.
“I want to be police chief for the same reason I joined HPD, to make a difference,” said McClelland. “My vision for the department includes strengthening community relations, improved internal communications and more efficient processes.”
McClelland ranks as his major accomplishments the implementation of Tasers and the 24/7 Real Time Crime Center, which allows for enhanced overall crime tracking and analysis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
McClelland, 55, was born in Center, Texas. He has two daughters. His nomination requires confirmation by Houston City Council. He will lead a department of approximately 5,400 sworn officers.