Chase Stapp, a San Marcos law enforcement veteran, has been appointed chief of police to follow retiring Chief Howard Williams, City Manager Jared Miller announced June 25.
“Chief Stapp possesses a wealth of experience, leadership skills and a deep knowledge and connection with the San Marcos community,” said Miller in a city press release.
City Council approved the confirmation of the appointment at its July 1 meeting. Chief Williams will retire August 1.
“I’m honored and humbled by the fact that I was considered, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the reason I was considered above the other candidates is because of the strong support that was shown for me by the members of the police department and those outside the department,” Stapp said.
According to a city press release, Stapp has worked in every division of the department and has risen through the ranks during his time at SMPD. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, narcotics investigator, night patrol supervisor and training officer. As a police sergeant, he supervised a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force from 2000 to 2008.
“I’ve worked here in the police field for almost 23 years and advanced through the ranks and made the decision that I want to make my home here and retire from here,” Stapp said. “I really saw the chief’s position as somewhere where I could make a difference and make the department an even better place to work.”
Stapp said his strong communication skills are a strength he will bring to the position.
“I think my communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships both inside and outside the organization is going to be the strength I will rely upon the most,” Stapp said.
While policing in a college town can be challenging, Stapp said Texas State students help make the town what it is, and the relationship between the city and the university is an important one to maintain.
“The relationship between Texas State and the police department has improved dramatically in the past 5 years,” Stapp said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of that through my involvement in the ACT Committee.”
Stapp currently serves as a co-chair of the “Achieving Community Together” (ACT) Committee. The ACT Committee is collaboration between the university and the city of San Marcos to address issues. According to a city press release, ACT has been awarded state, national and international awards.
Stapp, a San Marcos Native, graduated from San Marcos High School in 1988 and from Texas State in 1999 with magna cum laude honors. He is expected to complete the Certified Public Manager Program in December 2014 at Texas State.
Stapp’s father, the late Ed Stapp, served SMPD in the 1970s for ten years and later retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety as a captain.
His wife, Teri, teaches second grade at Hays CISD. His two sons, Cole and Kyle, also graduated from San Marcos High School and are both students at Texas State.