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Assistant police chief to become new chief deputy at Victoria County Sheriff's Office

By Bianca Montes
April 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.

Roy Boyd

A new chief deputy was appointed at the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, but he's no stranger to the Crossroads or to law enforcement.

Roy Boyd joins the department with 20 years of experience under his belt working at the Victoria Police Department after retiring from his post as the assistant police chief.

"Few people are blessed enough to retire from one outstanding organization and immediately move to another that is just as professional and dedicated as the first," Boyd said. "I find myself in such a situation, for which I am grateful."

Boyd joined the police department in 1994 as a police service technician, according to his Linkedin profile, and worked several positions, including patrol, narcotics and investigation, and served as the interim police chief for three months in 2007.

His last day with the police department is April 25.

"I wish Roy well in his retirement and future endeavors," Police Chief J.J. Craig said. "And although we are losing an assistant chief, I am not surprised in this case. I know Roy has had this type of move in mind. He has shared with me his own personal and professional goals, and this move is consistent with those goals."

Craig said the department doesn't have solidified plans to fill the position but is exploring options.

Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said he's tried for almost 10 years to recruit Boyd over to the sheriff's office.

"Roy is not the type of person to abandon his responsibilities, but I kept bugging him," O'Connor said. "He is going to be a wealth of knowledge, and I'm excited."

The position has been open since November when Jeff Wendling, after three months on the job, was placed on administrative leave.

O'Connor cited "differences in philosophy" as the reason.

Before Wendling was sworn in, the position was vacant for 10 months after Chief Deputy Terry Simons died of a heart attack Nov. 7, 2012.

O'Connor said he is looking forward to having fresh blood in the position and said beyond Boyd's extensive resume, he appreciates his demeanor, personality and wit.

"In this kind of career, you have to have a good sense of humor and endure through tough times and situations," he said. "His knowledge, his experience and his years of service will prove that."

Boyd will be sworn into his new position May 5.

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