The City of Bedford has narrowed the search for the next Police Chief to three highly-qualified candidates. The following three finalists were selected from a pool of 49 applicants from 14 states:
- John Cullison has more than 25 years of experience with the Irving Police Department where he serves as the Technical Services Division Deputy Chief. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force in 1991, where he obtained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and led the 301 Security Forces Squadron and 301 Fighter Wing. John is also an instructor at the Irving Police Academy, an Adjunct Professor at Brookhaven College, a Jack Singley Academy Criminal Justice Program board member, and an instructor for the Irving Sergeant’s Transitional Education Program. John holds a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a TCOLE Master Police Officer certification. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute, Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Institute of Law Enforcement Administration School of Police Supervision, United States Air Force Senior NCO Academy, and SWAT Command Leadership Courses I and II.
- Michael Skillern has 25 years of experience with the Houston Police Department and currently serves as an Assistant Chief of Police. Previously, he served as the Commander of Police for the Major Offenders Division, Homicide Division, Downtown Division, Gang Division, and Westside Patrol Division. Michael has experience assisting with security for large-scale events including Super Bowl LI, the 2017 World Series 2017, a one-million-person parade in downtown Houston, the NRG Stadium during the 2016 Final 4, and the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in the Toyota Center. He also had a command-level presence in multiple large-scale protests and ground level involvement with the Houston Police Department’s body camera policy, development, deployment, and training for all personnel. Michael holds a master’s degree in sociology and criminology from the University of Houston Clear Lake and bachelor’s degree in real estate and marketing from Baylor University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy.
- Jeff Williams has 23 years of experience with the North Richland Hills Police Department and currently serves as the Divisional Commander of Technical Services. He previously served as the Divisional Commander of Criminal Investigations where he led a team of 23 employees that were responsible for investigations, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, computer forensic investigations, crime scene investigations, and victim assistance. Jeff began his law enforcement career in 1996 when he joined the Bedford Police Department and served as a Patrol Officer for two years. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and a TCOLE Master Police Officer certification. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, ILEA School of Police Supervision, and Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute.
The remaining three candidates will be interviewed over the next week where they will be carefully vetted to ensure the City selects the best fit for the Police Department and the community. City officials plan to announce their choice for Police Chief within the month.
The City partnered with SGR to assist to conduct an extensive search that resulted in an impressive Police Chief candidate pool. SGR is an executive recruitment firm based in Keller, Texas, specializing in recruiting, assessing, and developing innovative, collaborative, and authentic leaders for local governments.