New police chief named in Brownwood

Terry A. Nichols

BROWNWOOD, Texas - The city of Brownwood has a new police chief to replace outgoing Chief Mike Corley.

Terry A. Nichols, who served the San Marcos Police Department for 21 years before retiring as a commander in 2010, was appointed to the position at Tuesday's Brownwood City Council meeting.

"The job we do day in and day out as law enforcement officers, we don't deal with the best persons in society," Nichols said after his confirmation. "That can wear on you, we can't let that wear us down. We can't focus on the bad all the time, we gotta focus on the good."

His first day as Brownwood's police chief will be July 5. Nichols said he will emphasize team work during his time.

"It's important that all of our local law enforcement partners work together," Nichols said. "From the sheriff's department, police department, Early, and the small agencies around, including the state agencies as well ... we've got to work together."

City Manager Emily Crawford said Nichols' experience distinguished him from the other candidates.

"He has a great reputation for team building and training, bringing consensus together, and that's really what made the difference for him," Crawford said.

Nichols served more than six years as assistant director and director of curriculum development for ALERRT, a training and development entity through Texas State University that has acquired more than $50 million in grant funding and trained more than 90,000 officers, a city of Brownwood news release said.

As commander of the San Marcos Police Department, he "led and managed" its patrol and criminal investigation divisions. Also, during his time, Nichols served as sergeant in its training division, patrol sergeant, and narcotics detective.

"Nichols is known by his colleagues as a team builder, with the ability to bring people together for a common goal," the news release said, noting he holds a bachelors in criminal justice and a masters in administration of criminal justice from Texas State University.

Nichols and his wife, Nicky, have been married for 25 years and have two adult children.

Current Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley's last day will be June 22nd. He announced his plans to retire back in February.

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