Nassau Bay welcomes new police chief
Tim Cromie, the new chief of the Nassau Bay Police Department, has no immediate plans for any major changes to the 14-officer squad or the way the department works.
On on the job since Nov. 12, he said residents’ feedback reinforces that his instincts not to upset the status quo seem to be on target.
“In my first week here, I’d already received phone messages and emails from people about positive encounters they’d had with officers,” said Cromie, 55, a 33-year veteran of law enforcement work. “The community notices it, and they wanted me to know about it.”
The new chief said feedback like that is welcome from the city, which has 4,200 residents.
“It speaks well of the officers here,” he said. “The community is very ingrained with the police department, and they’ve made me feel really welcome.”
The police department previously was led by Kenneth Campbell for two years.
Cromie comes to Nassau Bay after serving 19 years in the Dickinson Police Department. There he worked as the Criminal Investigation Division sergeant. He has worked in patrol and as an officer instructor, school resource officer and a public information officer. He’s also served with the Sante Fe and Hitchcock police departments and with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department.
Cromie holds a master peace officer license and certifications for basic police juvenile officers and crime prevention. He also completed training from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and is an instructor with the Texas City Law Enforcement Training Academy as well as the Texas Municipal Police Association’s Advanced Child Abuse Investigation Training Program.
Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds said Cromie, who will earn an annual salary of $86,000, was the right choice for the post.
“His background and experience make him a great fit for our city,” Reynolds said. “Tim brings a fantastic servant-leader attitude to the team and is a great addition to an already outstanding police department.”
With 14 sworn officers to lead, Cromie said he is getting to know the staff members.
“The department works really well,” he said. “The officers are a good bunch of people and they’re very dedicated to the city.”
As for the size of the department, Cromie said it’s smaller than what he’s used to but that that can have advantages.
“I’ve found that as an officer in smaller departments you get to do more of the police work than you would in a larger department,” he said. “There are no specialized units; so you have the ability to follow up on your cases and do more of the required police work. You end up with a more well-rounded police force.”
Cromie has a fiance and two adult children.
As for whether or not he will be in Nassau Bay for the long haul, Cromie was optimistic.
“I certainly hope to end my career here,” he said. “I look forward to being here for a while.”