July 17, 2013
JAMAICA BEACH - The Village of Jamaica Beach, a seaside community on West Galveston Island, is going through the process of hiring a new police chief in the wake earlier this year of the death of Chief Andy McLane who suffered Pancreatic Cancer.
Four applicants are being reviewed, including Interim Chief Richard Sedgwick, a retired Texas City Police Officer who served as a Sergeant and McLane's right hand man before his untimely death.
Also in consideration is Corporal Mike Todaro, a law enforcement veteran who has served with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Santa Fe Police Department and was a deputy under legendary Galveston County Constable Skip Gay. Todaro was also the first Chief of the Santa Fe ISD Police Department in 1991. He is also the only applicant who is actually a permanent resident of Jamaica Beach.
City Administrator John Brick tells The Police News the city is discussing a requirement that the police chief, if not a permanent resident when employed, must become one within one year of employment, a common practise in most municipalities.
Dale Wallace Hubert, 49, who lists Jamaica Beach as his residence on his application but lists himself as a resident of Montgomery, Texas on his drivers license, is also on the list of four being considered.
Hubert has 22 years and four months in law enforcement, having been a deputy in the Harris County, Precinct Four Constable's Office, before becoming employed by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He also was an officer in Surfside Beach for 8 days before taking the job with the HCSO.
Roger Dale Free, 61, who lists his address in Galveston, has spent 27 years in law enforcement in Florida, leaving there in 2009 and was hired as the police chief in Point Comfort, Texas in April of this year. Point Comfort is in Calhoun County near Victoria. Having not had a Texas Peace Officer's certification he took some courses that were held at the Bay City Police Department and Victoria College, but had not been a Texas peace officer until becoming the Point Comfort Chief three months ago. He now wants the chief's job in Jamaica Beach.
Jamaica Beach officials have not said when they will announce their selection.
As of the 2010 census the population of Jamaica Beach was 983