WAXAHACHIE — Opportunity is the word that Joe Wiser used to describe his new role at the Waxahachie Police Department.
The new assistant chief views his new position as a way to make a positive difference, with hopes of uniting officers and the community together to forge a healthier relationship.
Wiser follows Mitch Bartley as assistant police chief. Bartley retired May 5 after 28 years of service with the department and is now serving as the chief deputy with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
“I am excited about the opportunity that this presents for me. I think that the department is right on the cusp of a tremendous opportunity and change with the new building,” Wiser said. “We have a relatively new chief and we have nowhere to go but up. So I was excited when the opportunity presented itself.”
During his 26 years of service with the department, Wiser has served in several areas — from records and training to patrol and once oversaw the Best Practices Program. The police department was recently recognized by Texas Police Chiefs Association for completing the program for the second time.
To select a new assistant police chief, the department went through a selection process where a board of assessors was established. The board consisted of Waxahachie Assistant City Manager Michael Scott, Director of Human Resources Yasmin Barnes, Police Chief Wade Goolsby, Assistant Police Chief Dale Sigler and DeSoto Police Chief Joseph Costa.
“They did one presentation to the department where we observed and they did one presentation to us,”…
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