Doug Kowalski has been removed as Police Chief and replaced by Joe Williams, the City of McKinney confirmed Friday afternoon.
TSB has not confirmed a reason for the change at the top. However, a city statement sent by email to TSB on Friday includes the following: "This change is effective today in order to maintain continuity of command for the Police Department."
Williams previously served as Police Chief in Celina. He was hired as Deputy City Manger in May of 2011 by McKinney City Manger Jason Gray. Williams took over the job formerly held by Jim Parrish, who resigned that same month.
This is what Gray said then: “Mr. Williams has the experience and skill set to bring our city services to an even higher level. We look forward to what he will bring to this already impressive employee base."
Gray and Williams also worked together in Frisco.
Williams worked for the Frisco Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer and sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant and captain over operations.
In 2007, Williams was appointed Chief of Police in Celina by Gray. The Celina Police Department received numerous national and state awards, including becoming a "recognized Texas police agency.
Before Friday in McKinney, Williams was over the Public Works, Library, Human Resources, Information Technology, City Secretary, and Parks, Recreation & Open Space Departments.
Williams has an Associates Degree from Collin College, a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University and will graduate with a Master's Degree in August from Sam Houston State University. He and his wife Amy have three children.
OUT WITH THE OLD GUARD
Kowalski (pictured above) worked his way up in the Dallas Police Department before becoming police chief in McKinney for 12 years when the city was a smaller place.
The police department has been in the news recently because of trouble on weekend nights at Hank's Texas Grill, which complained of being harassed by city code inspectors and the police. TSB has not heard if that had anything to do with the change.
The change appears to be over “philosophical differences” with the city manager. Translated, that means out with the old guard from the Frank Regan city management era. Gray replaced Regan.
Kowalski will be a "special assistant to the city manager" for 30 days.
The entire city statement emailed to TSB on Friday follows:
"Doug Kowalski is no longer the Chief of the McKinney Police Department. He has been reassigned effective today. Joe Williams, who has been Deputy City Manager with the City of McKinney since May 2011, is the McKinney Chief of Police. This change is effective today in order to maintain continuity of command for the Police Department."
Kowalski, who has a fine singing voice, served as a fixture at the Rotary Club of McKinney meetings each Friday at lunch time. Kowalski has led the Rotary with a different song each week at Rick's Chophouse for a long time.
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