Keith Robert Lane was named the interim chief of the New Braunfels Police Department during City Council's Oct. 12 meeting.
City Manager Robert Camareno said Lane, who also took the oath of office during the meeting, has been in law enforcement for 30 years and in 2009 became Haltom City police chief. After seven years, he became the city manager of Haltom City after retiring, Camareno said.
Lane's appointment comes after former police Chief Tom Wibert on Sept. 28 announced his retirement from the department that was effective Oct. 3. He had served the New Braunfels Police Department for 10 years.
“Tom’s greatest asset as Police Chief is that he cares. He cares about this community, he cares about the organization, and he cares about his staff,” Camareno said in a press release. “He is leaving the department better from his leadership.”
A third-generation police officer, Wibert previously served with the East Lansing Police Department in East Lansing, Michigan, for 25 years, including five years as the chief of police, according to city information.
During his time with the NBPD, Wibert saw the force grow from 100 officers to 140 and established a victims advocacy team, a mental health unit, a police Ford Explorer troop and a chaplain unit, the release stated.
Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.