Kevin Schutte has been appointed Texarkana, Texas, acting police chief effective Dec. 29.
The City Council will vote to confirm Schutte's appointment on Monday, Jan.14, 2019 in a regular scheduled council meeting, according to a news release from the city.
Police Chief Daniel Shiner is retiring at the end of the year. Shiner served the City of Texarkana, Texas for the past 11 years and looks forward to spending more time with his family in retirement.
City manager Shirley Jaster said she is confident in Schutte's ability to lead.
"We are fortunate to have someone as capable as Kevin already in place in the department that can step into the Chief's role and pick up where Chief Shiner left off," Jaster said. "Schutte has demonstrated the ability to work with the entire department and city administration to problem solve and plan for the future. This is a unique and momentous time in our city's history of growth and development, and this role is key to our success. I have confidence that he, with the support of his department, is up to the task."
Schutte, a Hooks, Texas native, has filled various positions in the TTPD for the past 30 years, most recently as an assistant chief of police. He has held positions as a patrolman on night and day shifts, a member of a specialized street narcotics unit, team leader of TTPD's SWAT team for 11 years, a detective in the criminal investigation division, the department's public information officer, training coordinator, as well as TTPD's property and evidence manager.
He served as the night shift commander in patrol when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as lieutenant commander of the criminal investigations division. Schutte was promoted to assistant chief of police in 2015. Schutte is a certified public manager, a master peace officer, holds a certificate of proficiency as a police instructor, has over 3,500 hours of training and over 2,000 as an instructor.
In addition to Schutte's experience in law enforcement, he is also trained as a firefighter/EMT. He served as Fire Chief of the Hooks Volunteer Fire Department and EMS for 11 years, and completed the required coursework to be certified as a Texas fire training instructor. Kevin is a bi-vocational associate pastor at his church, Myrtle Springs Baptist Church in Hooks, Texas where he lives with his wife, Kim, and two children.