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Posted on: February 20, 2020

City of Clear Lake Shores Welcomes New Chief of Police, Tracy Keele

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Clear Lake Shores, TX – Thursday, February 20, 2020-  On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, City of Clear Lake Shores City Council appointed Tracy “TK” Keele as the new Chief of Police for the City of Clear Lake Shores, replacing prior Police Chief Kenny Cook who retired after 26 years of service to the city.

The City received 26 applications for the position. After a thorough and detailed review process, City Administrator Brent Spier narrowed the selection to six qualified candidates and following due diligence three finalists were selected. Interviews were conducted and information was provided to the city council in executive session to aid in their decision making process.   

Chief Keele is a 31-year veteran Law Enforcement Officer. He graduated from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Academy in November 1988 and became a licensed Texas Peace Officer. After 21 years of service, he retired from Dickinson PD. Upon retiring, he served as the Galveston Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander and Tactical Response Team Commander. He began his career with the City of Clear Lake Shores in May 2019 and was named Interim Chief of Police on November 22, 2019. 

Chief Keele’s main goal is to provide a safe community to the residents, business owners and tourists of Clear Lake Shores. He believes that community policing, transparency, open communication, and integrity, along with recruitment and retention of qualified personnel are the key factors to a safe, secure and balanced community.

“After 31 years in law enforcement, I’ve learned that we cannot serve a community if we don’t know the citizens we serve,” Chief Keele said. “Clear Lake Shores is a unique city with great people. Nothing makes me happier than knowing the residents and calling them friends. I cherish the time spent talking to the neighbors, playing soccer with the kids or enjoying an afternoon at Jarboe Park making sure everyone is safe. It is my pledge to you that we will provide the most professional law enforcement services possible, and do our part to create a safe environment for all to enjoy.”

During Council meeting, Mayor Kurt Otten, recognized Keele’s leadership and passion to serve. “We look forward to working with Chief Keele,” Mayor Kurt Otten said. “His wealth of experience, along with his outgoing and friendly personality, will bring plenty of positive changes to the Clear Lake Shores Police Department. I am confident that CLS PD will be successful under his leadership.”

Chief Keele shares his professional accomplishments with his wife, three sons and seven grandchildren.

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