Levelland Police Chief Toney Cowan announced to the Levelland City Council Monday night that he will retire from the position effective April 30, 2017. He has been a police officer in the City of Levelland for 38 years. He served as Assistant Police Chief from 1985 to 2002 when he was named Chief of Police. He began his law enforcement career in Levelland and has been here ever since.
Cowan and his wife Sandra will be opening a new business in downtown Levelland later this year. Sandra is currently a nurse with Covenant Health in Levelland.
Following the announcement the council met in executive session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss personnel. Following the executive session the council reconvened in open meeting and authorized City Manager Rick Osburn to enter into an agreement with Strategic Government Resources to handle the search for the next Police Chief. Osburn pointed out there are a number of people on the current staff of the police department who will be encouraged to supply, however, he feels a nationwide search is necessary to make sure Levelland gets the best candidate for the position, noting that the best candidate may very well be in the department. The search will take several months to complete. It was also noted that hiring the next police chief is the sole responsibility of the City Manager.