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City of Garland Announces Finalists for Chief of Police

City Manager Bryan Bradford announces the following four finalists for the position of Chief of Police (listed in alphabetical order):

• Jeff Bryan – Assistant Police Chief, Garland, TX
• Charles René – Assistant Police Chief, Garland, TX
• Ely Reyes – Assistant Police Chief, Austin, TX
• Mark Schauer – Assistant Police Chief, Corpus Christi, TX

All of the finalists possess a wealth of diverse experience, demonstrated career stability and strong leadership qualities that will continue the success of Garland Police Department.

The City of Garland began the national recruitment process in October 2018. The finalists were selected based on criteria established for minimum and preferred qualifications.

The City will conduct a formal candidate review process on Thursday, Feb. 7, which will include a series of interviews with various panels, including community leaders as well as current Police Chiefs, City Managers, Police employees and other City staff members. Panel interviews will address priorities and characteristics shared by Garland stakeholders during the community input process.

Upon completion of the interview process and the continued review and assessment of all four finalists, City Manager Bradford will soon thereafter submit his selection for the next Chief of Police to the Garland City Council for formal approval in accordance with Texas Civil Service statutes (Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code).

All inquiries related to the recruitment and selection process should be directed to Talent Acquisition Manager Lilly Clarke, at LClarke@GarlandTX.gov or 972-205-2487.

Candidate Bio Summaries

Assistant Chief Jeff Bryan, Garland Police Department

Jeff Bryan has served with the Garland Police Department 22 years (with a total of 24 years in law enforcement), including 13 years in a leadership role. He has held numerous ranks including lieutenant, captain, and most recently assistant chief. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Texas A&M University, with a minor in economics and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also has a Master Peace Officer Certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Additional professional development and training include FBI National Academy (FBINA) and Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

Assistant Chief Charles René, Garland Police Department

Charles René has served with the Garland Police Department 28 years, including 16 years in a leadership role. He has held numerous ranks including SWAT tactical operator, detective, investigator, lieutenant and most recently assistant chief. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and history from Texas A&M–Commerce and a Master of Science degree in human resources training and development from Amberton University, along with a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. He also has a Law Enforcement Instructor Certification and Master Peace Officer Certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Additional professional development and training include FBI National Academy (FBINA), Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Command Staff Leadership Series, School of Police Supervision Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) and Practical Homicide Investigation.

Assistant Chief Ely Reyes, Austin Police Department

Ely Reyes has served with the Austin Police Department 22 years, including 12 years in a leadership role. He has held numerous ranks including detective, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and most recently assistant chief. Ely holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree and a Masters’ degree in education and management from Texas State University. He is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Law Enforcement Instructor Certification and Master Peace Officer Certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Additional professional development and training include Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Undoing Racism, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College, Fair and Impartial Policing, Austin Police Leadership Command College, WestPoint Leadership Academy and Leadership Education and Public Service Academy.

Assistant Chief Mark Schauer, Corpus Christi Police Department

Mark Schauer has served with the Corpus Christi Police Department 36 years, including 31 years in a leadership role. He has held numerous ranks including supervisor, director of communications, executive officer, captain, commander and most recently assistant chief. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He also has a Master Peace Officer Certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Additional professional development and training include Command Staff Leadership Series (LEMIT), Graduate of the Senior Management Institute Program (SMIP), Dale Carnegie Institute, Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas Leadership Command College and FBI National Academy.