Spires accepts promotion to Pearland police chief

Johnny Spires will oversee the department’s $25.5 million budget and head 17 divisions with over 200 city employees.   Contributed photo

Johnny Spires was recently named chief of the Pearland Police Department, stepping into the position that was vacated by the retirement of Chief J.C. Doyle.

Spires, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, has served as police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and, most recently, assistant chief of police for the city of Pearland.

“We’ve known about Johnny’s strengths for some time,” City Manager Clay Pearson said. “In his tenure as assistant chief of police, he has implemented a system which integrated computer aided dispatch and jail and records management in the police department, providing residents with access to real-time data regarding incidents and incarcerated individuals."

Spires will oversee the department’s $25.5 million budget and will head 17 divisions with over 200 city employees which include patrol, traffic, criminal investigations, K-9, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, school resource, internal affairs, training, telecommunications, animal services, jail operations, records, community outreach, bike patrol, SWAT and honor guard.

“During his tenure, Chief Doyle set the very high bar for community policing and worked through unprecedented growth to create a police force that brought us some of the lowest crime rates in recent years,” Pearson said.

Spires is a member of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas as well as several other law enforcement and leadership associations.

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