West U Police Chief Apparently Does Not Get Job in Galveston

June 28, 2012

The City of West U is apparently not losing its police chief to the City of Galveston.

West U Police Chief Ken Walker was one of three finalists for the position in Galveston last year but the search for a new police chief was put on hold until a new city manager was hired.

Galveston City Manager Michael Kovacs recommended that Interim Police Chief Henry Porretto be named police chief. The city council approved hiring Porretto during Thursday’s council meeting.

Porretto was appointed acting chief when former Chief Charles Wiley retired last year. Porretto has been with the Galveston Police Department for 22 years.

“It’s best for West University Place if we keep Ken here as long as we can,” City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU.com. “That’s in the best interest of West University Place.”

Walker has been employed by the City of West U since 2003.

“We’re thrilled that he’ll stay here … the longer the better,” Ross said.

When contacted, Walker said he did not have any comment.

Walker earned a master of business administration at Abilene Christian University. He was the chief of police in Lubbock for seven years and the police chief in McKinney for 12 years.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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