Veteran Dallas officer to become Galveston police chief

December 15, 2017

In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Vernon Hale, deputy chief of police for the Dallas Police Department, receives applause after being confirmed as Galveston's new Police Chief by the city council, in Galveston, Texas. (Jennifer Reynolds /The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A veteran Dallas officer has been named police chief in Galveston.

The Galveston City Council on Thursday approved hiring Dallas Deputy Chief Vernon Hale. Hale will replace Galveston police Chief Richard Boyle, who’s retiring.

The 47-year-old Hale, who’s supported community policing and led anti-narcotics operations, begins his new job on Jan. 2. He’ll earn $130,000 annually.

Hale has been with the Dallas Police Department since 1992 and is deputy chief of the Southeast Patrol Division. He’s also commander of the Dallas Underwater Recovery Team.

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