Plano selects Amarillo Chief Ed Drain as lone finalist to lead city's police department

Amarillo Police Chief Ed Drain introduces himself to Plano City Council members Jan. 6 in an informal meet-and-greet session. Drain, a former assistant police chief in Plano, is the sole finalist for the city's open police chief position. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amarillo Police Chief Ed Drain introduces himself to Plano City Council members Jan. 6 in an informal meet-and-greet session. Drain, a former assistant police chief in Plano, is the sole finalist for the city's open police chief position. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amarillo Police Chief Ed Drain introduces himself to Plano City Council members Jan. 6 in an informal meet-and-greet session. Drain, a former assistant police chief in Plano, is the sole finalist for the city's open police chief position. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amarillo police Chief Ed Drain is the sole finalist for the open position to lead the Plano Police Department, City Manager Mark Israelson said.

Drain, who served for years within the Plano Police Department, including as assistant police chief, shared his vision for the role with Plano City Council members Monday in an informal meet-and-greet session.

Israelson told council members he expected to move quickly on the formal hire, deciding perhaps as early as this week. The item would come before the council for final approval before the end of January, Israelson said.

Drain’s status as the sole candidate for the position came together quickly over the holidays, the city manager said. He was not one of the three finalists announced in November. One of these candidates withdrew from consideration, Israelson said. The other two were not offered the position.

“Ed was not an applicant in the original pool, and after going through the process, we realized we wanted to be able to interview Ed because of his long experience with the department and the community,” Israelson said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper earlier that day.


Israelson said Drain’s fit with the community and the organization was a strong factor in his consideration, as well as his experience as police chief for the cities of Amarillo and Murphy.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information from Drain's meeting with council members.
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By Daniel Houston

Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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