By Mary Alys Cherry
Daniel “Danny” Presley of Texarkana is the new Webster police chief.
He was confirmed by the City Council at its April 1 meeting and sworn in afterwards by City Secretary Pauline Small. He will assume his new duties April 28.
Presley began his career in 1990 with the City of Texarkana, where he held the rank of captain of the Texarkana Police Operations Division and SWAT commander.
He graduated in 1997 from Texas A&M University with a Business of Applied Arts and Science-Behavioral Sciences Degree and received his Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M in 1999.
Presley also graduated from the Texas State University’s Certified Public Manager’s Program and the University of Virginia’s FBI National Academy.
In January 2014, Webster advertised to fill the vacancy created by the death of Chief Ray Smiley. After 41 applications were received and reviewed independently by a resume committee, the city narrowed its search to seven. Chief Presley was selected after those seven participated in an Assessment Center that was observed and graded by police chiefs from surrounding cities.
His wife, Stephanie, accompanied him to the Webster City Council meeting.