The Denton City Manager announced five finalists for the position of Police Chief and Irving Assistant Police Chief Darren Steele was included.
The five finalists are:
- Darren Steele, Assistant Police Chief, Irving, TX
- Elvia Williams, Police Chief (ret.), Richton Park, IL
- Darren Stevens, Assistant Police Chief, Frisco, TX
- Doug Shoemaker, Police Chief, Grand Junction, CO
- Danny Williams, Major of Police, Dallas, TX
“We are very impressed with the experience that these finalists have demonstrated,” Hensley said. “Public safety is a very critical service that we offer, and these candidates have a diverse set of leadership experiences that can serve our community well.”
The City of Denton started the selection process in June by working with executive recruitment firm Mosaic Public Partners to perform a nationwide search for candidates. A total of 35 applicants responded. After an initial round of screening interviews, City Manager Sara Hensley, Assistant City Manager Frank Dixon, and staff from Human Resources worked with the recruitment firm to select finalists based on applications, resumes, and experience.
The City will conduct all-day interviews on Thursday, Aug. 4 which will consist of tours and panel interviews that will include City and Department leadership teams, Police Department staff, and community members. As part of the selection process, the City of Denton is hosting a public reception to meet the finalists for Denton Police Chief on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Development Services Building (401 N Elm St.). All community members are invited to attend and in addition to meeting the candidates, attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the finalists.
Assistant Chief Darren Steele, Irving, TX: After serving five years with the Carrollton Police Department, Assistant Chief Darren Steele joined the Irving Police Department in February 1999. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004, to lieutenant in 2007, to captain in 2012, and was selected as an assistant chief in March 2017. He has served in the North and South Patrol Divisions, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Community Services Division, Personnel Development, and Internal Affairs. As an assistant chief, he has commanded the Field Operations Bureau, the Investigative Services Bureau, and the Administrative Services Bureau. Most recently, he served as the Irving Police Department’s interim chief of police from February 2022 until June 2022.