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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

Breck Porter



Comments:

I believe Mike Todaro is currently a jamaica beach officer and is very approachable and friendly ...I like him and feel he would be a good chief from what I know. Do not know the others.

Posted by jimbob at 7/18/2013 8:44:05 AM

Dale Hubert is the best choice in my opinion and many other permanent residents of Jamaica Beach. He has the most experience, a true professional,and cares a great deal about the community. He is a homeowner here too and that is a plus!! How many others are homeowners???

Posted by tricia at 7/18/2013 11:32:11 AM

I have been a permanent resident of Jamaica Beach for 12 years and have never even met Sedgwick or Torado. Dale has been a resident for about a year now and I see him every where I go from the beach, to the stores, to the fire dept benefits, riding around in his cart, and at neighbors houses. He is very visible!

Posted by tricia at 7/18/2013 11:38:26 AM

added my last name in case you needed it and you could also add to the last comment I always see him cruising the canals too!

Posted by tricia sloan at 7/18/2013 11:47:44 AM

I have owned my home in Jamaica Beach for 8 yes., and a permanent resident.
Dale Hubert would be my choice for Chief of Police considering the fact he lives here in Jamaica Beach and has been an outstanding neighbor.
I have never met the other candidates at any JB function or event, nor could I identify them if I saw them.
Dale walked our neighborhood introducing himself over a year ago upon moving in, which I find to be very unique.
Dale would be an excellent choice in my opinion.
Thank you,
Deborah Frrnandez

Posted by Deborah plaisance at 7/18/2013 12:01:46 PM

I also consider Dale Hubert as the best person for Jamaica Beach Police Chief. My husband and I are only weekenders, but I have been a part of Jamaica Beach property owner since 1968 when my parent's built a house. Dale Hubert has been with HCSO for years & his experience will be a plus to this position.

Posted by Virginia Cunzalo DeForke at 7/18/2013 1:34:31 PM

I have known Mike Todaro since the early 80's. He is an outstanding guy with lots of Law Enforcement experience. I don't personally know any other candidates, but I'm sure JB will find the right fit. Good Luck.

Posted by LawMan at 7/18/2013 1:49:59 PM

Sergeant Hubert is the best choice for chief of police. His energy,level of commitment, and experience are just a few of the assests he will bring to Jamaica Beach. His integrity, fairness, and ability to work with others are much needed in any community.

Posted by mark at 7/18/2013 2:01:53 PM

I vote for Dale Hubert! He is a resident and homeowner and active in our community.

Posted by Jim Niekamp at 7/18/2013 2:15:47 PM

I believe Dale Hubert would be an excellent choice for police chief. He is a positive member of our community and a resident that would make a difference!

Posted by Gill Madray at 7/18/2013 3:42:10 PM

I am a part-time Jamaica Beach resident. The first time I met Dale,I felt a strong, protective sense of integrity. I feel he would be excellent as our police chief.

Posted by Charla at 7/18/2013 4:02:17 PM

I believe the late Chief Andy Mclane did a great thing by bringing on Sergeant Richard Sedgwick as his second in command now Interim Chief. Chief Sedgwick has a lot of experience and just recently finished all of his schooling needed to be an effective Chief of Police. Chief Sedgwick has a good working relationship with the current staff and I believe as a citizen, we have an excellent staff at our Police Department. Great job to all our officers.

Posted by Ricky at 7/18/2013 8:56:45 PM

I believe we have a great interim Chief in place RICHARD SEDGWICK, I believe he has done an outstanding job. we have a great staff of police officers thanks to the training of their superior, we are blessed to have a great community and I feel safe to say I can only pray that Richard Sedgwick is announced as our Chief of Police.
THANKS & GOD BLESS

Posted by Cinderella at 7/18/2013 9:05:42 PM

I'd like to thank you fine folks for all the nice comments regarding the Jamaica Beach Police Dept, our Officers, Interim Chief Sedgwick and myself. I'm proud to say I'm a Jamaica Beach resident and love living here!

I'd also like to say no matter if I'm chosen for Chief or not, Chief Sedgwick has done a great job and does have the support of our our entire department.

Thank You again!
Corporal Mike Todaro
Jamaica Beach PD

Posted by Mike Todaro at 7/19/2013 1:56:33 PM

As a new lot owner currently building a house in Jamaica Beach I hope the new Chief is a resident of the community. The leaders of small communities should be in touch with the community, it's culture, and issues and you can't do that being "just being employee".

I know Dale Hubert personally and know he would be an outstanding leader for Jamaica Beach. He understands law enforcement, has quickly met many of the current residents, and brings the sense of ownership we need for this community.

Posted by Dan at 7/20/2013 11:09:01 AM

Its seems you have a group of good candidates. As a fulltime Police Chief with over 20 years of service and also a friend of Chief Andy McLanes. I hope you consider all applicants. A person may not have had the pleasure of visiting your fine community he or she may still have alot to offer. Again just consider all applicants be fair because Andy always bragged on his folks. Honor him and your town by looking at all possible applicants. In the future having other Police Chiefs on your hiring panel may. God Bless!!

Posted by Outsider at 9/10/2013 3:01:02 PM

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