Deja vu: West U police chief is finalist to be Galveston’s top cop
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.