Mayor Sylvester Turner announced during a news conference at Houston City Hall on Tuesday that he has accepted the retirement of Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, effective Feb. 26. McClelland was sworn in as an officer in September 1977 and was sworn in by former Mayor Annise Parker as chief on April 14, 2010.
“I want to thank Chief McClelland for his 39 years of service to the City,” said Mayor Turner. “He is a respected figure in the community who has served this city well and has many accomplishments of which to be proud. The city’s crime rate during his tenure is lower than it was for the previous six years and citizen complaints filed against our officers are at a record low.”
During his administration, Chief McClelland managed the fifth largest police agency in the U.S. with a budget of more than $825 million and a staff of 5,200 sworn officers and 1,200 civilian employees.
"This is a decision that was reached after much personal thought and consultation with my family,” said McClelland. “It was not an easy decision, but I know it is the right decision for me personally. I am leaving HPD in a better place than it was six years ago.”
Mayor Turner has not yet appointed an interim chief.
Turner notes Houston is not Ferguson or Baltimore. He gives credit to McClelland. @houstonpolice— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) February 2, 2016
Chief thanks Houstonians for allowing him to serve, the employees who have helped him with accomplishments and his family for patience.— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) February 2, 2016
Chief-this is not a resignation, it is a retirement. I live in this city and I will continue to expect @houstonpolice to protect us.— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) February 2, 2016
Chief says the honor and privilege of serving is his proudest accomplishment. @houstonpolice— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) February 2, 2016
Asked what is next, chief says he is not running for anything and I'm not running from anything. Maybe consulting.— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) February 2, 2016