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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Galveston Police Chief, Richard Boyle, Retires After 40 Years of Service

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(GALVESTON, TX) October 2, 2017 – After 40 years of service to the law enforcement profession, Chief Richard Boyle has submitted notice of his retirement from the Galveston Police Department effective February 2018. With much of his career spent serving the citizens of Galveston, Chief Boyle is honored to retire his badge with the City of Galveston.


“Galveston is where I began my career and I couldn’t think of a better place to retire. My time spent here as Chief has been an honor and a privilege,” said Chief Richard Boyle”. “I look forward to working with City Administration as we begin the selection process for the next Chief and am committed to ensuring that we make the best decision for our officers as well as our residents.”


Over the course of the next five months, Chief Boyle will assist the City in performing an extensive search for the most qualified candidates to assume this essential role for the City. Chief Boyle’s early announcement provides the City ample time to ensure a smooth transition period. Boyle will also work closely with City administration during this time to restructure the department’s new hire and in‐house training program, as well as revising, restructuring, and training staff on GPD’s internal policies.


Boyle started his law enforcement career with the Galveston Police Department as a Patrol Officer who progressed to the rank of Captain. His skill at bringing multiple entities together to work as a unified team is what brought him back to Galveston in April of 2016 when he was hired as the City’s Police Chief.


“Chief Boyle has been a tremendous asset to the department and we could not be more thankful for his time spent here,” said City Manager Brian Maxwell. “We would like to thank him for his dedication to the Island and look forward to working with him closely as the department transitions to the leadership of a new Chief.”


Click here to read Chief Boyle’s letter of retirement

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