Sheriff’s corporal named police chief

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, April 20, 2013

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Wise County Sheriff’s Cpl. Timothy W. Donald will soon take the reins of another local agency.

The 20-plus year law enforcement officer was named police chief of Runaway Bay following a five-hour special called meeting of the city council Tuesday. His start date is contingent on release from his current post.

Donald, who lives in Runaway Bay, was one of 40 applicants interviewed for the job.

“We’re looking forward to him joining us in the very near future,” Mayor Robert Ryan said.

During his 12-year stint with WCSO, Donald worked in patrol, investigations, interdiction, narcotics and supervision. He graduated from the West Central Council of Governments Police Academy in 1987 and earned his Master Peace Officer license in July 2010.

The certified field training officer has garnered almost 1,500 hours in additional training through various law enforcement schools.

At Runaway Bay, he will oversee a department that includes three other full-time employees and a part-time officer. He fills a post that has been vacant since Drew Paschall resigned in February 2012.

Runaway Bay Police Sgt. Rex Richie has served in the interim.

The council also approved:

  • the purchase of 10 pagers for the city’s volunteer fire department;
  • bids of $500 and $1,000 for lots struck off to Bridgeport ISD from the Sheriff’s sale; and
  • the March meeting minutes, financials, account payable, journal and activity reports.

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