CS Assistant Manager Retires And Is Replaced By The Police ChiefFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
An assistant city manager for College Station who retired last month has been replaced by the city’s police chief.
City Manager Kelly Templin announced the personnel changes on Wednesday.
Jeff Capps takes over for Kathy Merrell June 30.
Templin appointed Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum as interim chief.
Capps will be responsible for the Fire and Police departments, Emergency Operations, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Relations and Community Services.
More information courtesy of the City of College Station:
“Chief Capps is a proven leader and a long-time resident of College Station,” Templin said. “His familiarity with local law enforcement and the departments he will be overseeing are definite advantages for him and the city. I’m looking forward to working more closely with Jeff in his new role.”
Capps began his 22-year career with the College Station Police Department in 1993 and rose through the ranks as detective (1995), sergeant (2001), lieutenant (2006), assistant chief (2008) and interim chief (2009) before being named police chief in 2009.
As chief, Capps was responsible for a nationally-accredited police department with 183 employees and a Fiscal Year 2014 budget of more than $17 million. Under Capps’ leadership, CSPD became more service-oriented and worked closely with community members to enhance public safety.
In 2011, CSPD’s Criminal Investigation Division received the Thomas Reuters Award for Excellence at an international conference in Chicago. The department has also received national recognition for promoting the annual National Night Out program.
Capps began his law enforcement career in 1989 as an investigator with the Brazos County Attorney’s office. Later that year, he became an officer with the Texas A&M Police Department, where he worked on patrol until joining CSPD.
At A&M, Capps was honored for his service by Mothers against Drunk Driving in 1991 and was named the department’s Officer of the Year in 1992. At CSPD, he received the Star Award in 2000 for a capital murder case. He was selected Officer of the Year in 2001 and Supervisor of the Year in 2003 and 2005.
A native of Baytown, Capps has earned two degrees from Sam Houston State University – a bachelor’s in criminal justice in 1988, and a master’s in criminal justice leadership and management in 2012. He also attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he successfully completed the School of Police Staff and Command.
“I’m blessed, humbled and honored that Mr. Templin has confidence in my ability to take on this new role,” Capps said. “Our city has such a bright future, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with our staff in helping shape that future. The hardest part of this decision is knowing I won’t have daily interaction with the Police Department staff, who are at the heart of what makes the agency so special, but being close and having the ability to still stay in touch will make the transition easier.”
Capps and his wife, Lisa, have a 20-year-old son, Jeremy, who attends Blinn College. The family is involved in a variety of church and sporting activities, and Capps has assisted and supported numerous charitable organizations throughout his career.
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