A new police chief has been announced in Flower Mound.

David Coulon will begin April 29, Town of Flower Mound officials announced in an April 3 news release. Coulon was selected among four finalists and extended a conditional offer of employment.

The details

Coulon will succeed Chief Andy Kancel, who retired in November 2023 after 34 years of law enforcement experience and 10 years as Flower Mound’s chief, the release stated. Kancel will remain the interim chief through the transition period.

The background

Coulon possesses 30 years in policing and has 22 years in command positions. He has served as the police chief for The Colony since 2014. Prior to his stint in The Colony, he held several positions with the Irving Police Department, rising through the ranks from police officer to sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and, ultimately, assistant chief, the release stated.

“I am truly honored to be able to join the men and women of the Flower Mound Police Department and work alongside professionals who I respect and admire,” Coulon said in the release. “I look forward to building upon Flower Mound’s tradition of excellence and working with our community partners to ensure Flower Mound remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and play.”

What they’re saying

Town Manager James Childers said the town had an “amazing applicant pool” for its police chief job and it was difficult to whittle down to the five finalists. One finalist dropped out after receiving another offer.

“Those finalists all brought incredible experience, knowledge, and insight,” Childers said in the release. “But David stood out throughout the entire process. Our selection process was exceedingly thorough, and David received high marks from the interview panels, from interactions with town staff, and from community members who participated in our meet-and-greet. I know David will be a great fit within our police department, and I was impressed by his leadership acumen, his vision and his focus on community engagement, relationship building and transparency.”