Richardson promotes Gary Tittle to become city's new police chief

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Gary Tittle will begin his tenure as police chief with the Richardson Police Department on June 1. (Courtesy city of Richardson)

Gary Tittle will begin his tenure as police chief with the Richardson Police Department on June 1. (Courtesy city of Richardson)

Two months after it was announced Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey would be retiring, city leadership has decided on his replacement.

Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson announced May 7 that Assistant Chief Gary Tittle will take over as the Richardson Police Department's next chief on June 1. Spivey's decision to step down at the end of this month was announced March 9.

Tittle has 33 years of law enforcement experience, including more than 30 years with the Dallas Police Department, where he held every rank through assistant chief, according to the city website.

“We are very fortunate to have Gary in our ranks to elevate to this important position,” Johnson said in a statement. “The role of chief of police requires a tenured professional who knows all aspects of law enforcement. That includes experience working the streets, working with the community and working through the legislative process at the local and state level. Those are rare attributes to find in one individual, and Gary is a seasoned professional who brings all of that with him—and so much more.”

Tittle joined the RPD in March 2018 as a captain over the department’s Technical Services Division, according to a city news release. He was subsequently promoted to other positions within the department before being promoted to assistant chief over the Operations Bureau in March 2020. Tittle also helped put together the department's Crisis Intervention Team last year and currently oversees it.


“Serving as chief of police is an enormous responsibility and duty that I am honored to have,” Title said in a statement. “I very much appreciate this opportunity to expand my decades of experience and ability to work with the people who serve in the department, and I look forward to continuing to build the community connections we have cultivated to enhance our reputation as having a ‘higher caliber’ to the people we serve.”

Spivey’s retirement coincides with his 50th year of policing. He served with DPD for almost 25 years before coming to Richardson as a captain in 1995, according to a March 9 city news release. He became chief in August 2009.

"I have been honored to serve the citizens of Richardson with this great organization of men and women dedicated to public safety" Spivey said in a March 9 statement. "I am proud of the work we have accomplished during my service and I take comfort knowing that the great work done by the department is going to continue well into the future."
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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