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The City of Robinson Selects its New Chief of Police
ROBINSON, Texas – July 5, 2017 – The City of Robinson has selected Phillip Prasifka as its next Chief of Police. Chief Prasifka replaces former Police Chief Rusty Smith who recently retired in May, after almost 11 years of service with the Robinson Police Department.
Over the last month, the City has conducted a statewide search for the next Police Chief, which produced 52 applicants. Through an extensive screening process, three candidates emerged to move onto the assessment center processes. The assessment center is one of the many selection strategies that may be utilized to assist in the selection of key personnel and was used to identify the candidate who possess the greatest potential to become the next Police Chief. The assessment center included outside involvement which consisted of feedback from two separate panels; a community panel, filled with individuals who play key roles in the Robinson community, and a panel comprised of members of the Robinson Police Department. The assessors were Adam Miles, City Manager for the City of Hewitt, Rick Pippens, Chief of Police for the City of Azle, Yost Zakhary, City Manager and Chief of Police for the City of Woodway, and Craig Lemin, City Manager for the City of Robinson.
After completion of the assessment center, Phillip Prasifka emerged as the candidate best suited to the current needs of the City and the Robinson Police Department.
“Selecting the next Chief for the Robinson Police Department was a very difficult decision. We had three excellent candidates and the choice was not an easy one. I am very pleased to have Phillip as our next Police Chief,” stated City Manager Craig Lemin.
Chief Prasifka has 31-years of experience in public service with 20 of those years serving as police chief. He brings with him immense knowledge in police operations, leadership, community policing, and community engagement. Prasifka began his career as a patrol officer with the College Station Police Department. During his time there he also served as Senior and Master Officer/Investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division, working in all areas of investigation, and specializing in Crimes against Persons with direct responsibility for multiple high profile cases. He also spent time assigned to the regional drug task force, assisting with investigations.
In 1997, Prasifka began his career as a Police Chief with the Electra Police Department. He was employed there for three years before transitioning to Glenn Heights Police Department as Police Chief, where he is currently employed. Chief Prasifka has a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University and is a graduate from the Supervisory Academy at Blinn College. Chief Prasifka is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership and Command College.
“The plan is for Chief Prasifka to begin his career with the Robinson Police Department the first week of September” states Craig Lemin. “There are some post offer details we still have to complete and Chief Prasifka has to make arrangements to relocate to this area.”