2020 SMPD Police Chief Search

In early 2020, the City of San Marcos began a recruitment campaign to find a new San Marcos Police Department Chief following the promotion of Chase Stapp to Director of Public Safety. 

The City of San Marcos has selected five candidates to interview in its Chief of Police recruitment process. Ralph Andersen & Associates is assisting the City with the search which resulted in an applicant pool of 92 candidates from across the United States.  

Chief Candidates

The following finalists were chosen to participate in the interview process:

  1. Chief Robert Brown
  2. Chief Adele Fresé
  3. Chief Bob Klett
  4. Deputy Chief Brad McKeone
  5. Chief Stan Standridge

Chief Robert Brown

Chief Robert Brown was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Duncanville, Texas on February 5th, 2007. Robert began his law enforcement career in Waco, Texas as a police cadet in June of 1982. Robert served as a Field Training Officer in Waco and joined the University Park Police Department in 1994. He worked in many capacities and he advanced through the ranks very quickly; becoming the first African American sergeant, lieutenant, and captain in the history of the University Park Police Department. Robert earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Northwood University and he holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Management from Amberton University. Robert is a graduate of the 38th Management College from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) in Plano, Texas. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Session #216, in Quantico, Virginia. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

Community Survey Results

Selection Process

The City of San Marcos engaged Ralph Andersen & Associates to perform an executive recruitment for the position of Chief of Police on March 5, 2020. 

Kickoff meetings took place via videoconference mid-March. These meetings included:

  • Members of the City's Executive Team 
  • Police Department Command staff
  • City Department Directors
  • Community Stakeholders
  • Representative officers and professional staff across the Police Department
  • Individuals from City Council

Shortly afterward, work on the recruitment was paused while the City of San Marcos focused its attention on the COVID-19 crisis. In April, tragically, three officers of the San Marcos Police Department were ambushed. In May, work on the recruitment resumed and a comprehensive candidate profile was created, as well as a survey instrument for the Community Survey.

The recruitment opened on June 16, 2020. Ralph Andersen & Associates advertised the position nationally, with a focus in Texas, and directed its efforts toward reaching a diverse group of candidates that aligned with the candidate profile. Outreach and recruiting efforts followed the same strategy and the recruitment yielded a strong result with 92 candidates expressing interest by the closing date of July 27, 2020.

Interview Process

Starting in mid to late-September, candidates will be interviewed by five interview panels consisting of:

  • Groups of community stakeholders 
  • Community criminal justice partners 
  • Police Department employees 
  • City Executive Team members 
  • City Council

Based on the results of these interviews, the candidate pool will be narrowed to two to three candidates. Additional in-person interviews will be conducted with the narrowed candidate pool and a community meet and greet will take place, after which a final candidate will be chosen.