Levelland City Manager Rick Osburn announced Friday morning, he has hired Albert Garcia, current Littlefield Police Chief to be the next Levelland Police Chief, effective June 26.
“We are excited to have Chief Garcia join our team,” said Osburn. “We had a pool of about three dozen applicants to review and evaluate, it wasn’t an easy decision.”
After getting an Associates degree in Law Enforcement from South Plains College in 1992, Garcia began his law enforcement career with the SPC Police Department. He moved to the Levelland Police Department in 1995 where he worked for nine of the next 10 years rising to the rank of Sergeant. He then left Levelland to expand his experience, including working with Tyler Technologies and serving as a criminal investigator for the Texas Attorney Generals office. Most recently he spent eight years as Chief of Police in Idalou before taking over as chief of the Littlefield Police Department two years ago.
Along the way Garcia has continued to expand his education, getting both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Wayland Baptist University, where he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Administration Program.
“Since beginning my career my goal has been to become Chief of Police in Levelland,” says Garcia. “In fact,” he adds, “my wife, Michelle, and I already live in Levelland. This truly is a dream come true and I’m anxious to join the great Levelland Police Department team.”
As a member of the advisory team which assisted Osburn in making the selection, Mayor Barbra Pinner echoes Osburn’s excitement. “I believe that Albert will continue the development and improvement of the already outstanding department that Chief Cowan and previous Police Chiefs have started,” says Pinner.