Humble City Council voted to hire Ken Theis as the new chief of police at its Oct. 8 meeting. Theis has been serving has Humble Police Department’s assistant chief of police since 2017.

Theis has been an officer with HPD since 1983, according to the department’s website. He was chosen from about 11 applicants, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper. At the meeting, Theis was with his entire family, including his parents, wife, children and grandchildren.

“I want to thank the men and women of the Humble Police Department,” Theis said after being sworn into office. “I’m looking forward to being your leader in the future and serving you in that capacity.”

Theis is taking the position of former Chief of Police Delbert C. Dawes, who retired Oct. 1. Dawes had been with the department for 33 years.