West University Police Chief Ken Walker is one of two finalists to become the next police chief of Galveston, where he resides.
A panel of city staff and community members narrowed the search from nine candidates to Walker, a 44-year law enforcement veteran, and Richard Boyle, police chief for the University of Houston-Downtown. City Manager Brian Maxwell said in a statement that the Galveston City Council is expected to choose a new chief later this month or in early May.
Galveston police serve a population of nearly 50,000; West U, about 15,000.
Walker, who was hired from Lubbock to become West U’s top cop in 2003, was a finalist for the Galveston post in 2011. He also was considered to be police chief in Victoria in 2007.
He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Abilene Christian University in Dallas, and also holds an MBA. Boyle’s lengthy experience includes 23 years on the Galveston police force.