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After almost 11 years working devotedly as Chief of Police for the Robinson Police Department, Chief Rusty Smith has announced his intent to retire from the Robinson Police Department, effective Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Chief Smith, 64, joined the Robinson Police Department after 31 years’ experience in law enforcement. During Chief Smith’s tenure, he was responsible for bringing the police department up to modern day times with the upgrade of patrol cars and necessary equipment, and just recently he saw through the purchase and implementation of a new radio system. In 2016, under Smith’s management, the City of Robinson ranked as the 25th safest city in Texas, according to Safewise’s annual report on the top 50 safest cities in Texas, an increase from 47th in 2015.
Chief Smith began his law enforcement career at the Ballinger police Department as a dispatcher before going on to become a police officer. He joined the San Marcos Police Department in 1985 where he earned certifications as a Crime Prevention Specialist and Advanced Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialist. He served the San Marcos community for 21 years before retiring. Chief Smith is an active member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the International Chiefs of Police Association. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement from the University of Wayland in Plainview, TX. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s executive development program.
“In the short time I have worked with Chief Smith, I have witnessed his commitment to the Police Department and the citizens of Robinson. During this time his efforts were instrumental in acquiring the Police Department’s new radio system which greatly enhances officer safety and improves communication with surrounding agencies. The City and his colleagues wish him every bit of happiness and success as he embarks on the next chapter of his life, remarks City Manager, Craig Lemin.
“I’ve had mixed feelings about retiring, but in the end, it is time. The citizens of Robinson have an excellent police department and they can look forward to continued professional growth in the near future. I am proud to have been a part of the department’s legacy,” remarked Chief Smith. He has no immediate plans other than to enjoy his retirement.
Moving forward, the City is well positioned to manage staff and continue its dedication to the safety and quality of life of the citizens while we begin the search for a new Police Chief.
Details regarding a farewell event will be provided at a later date.