Texan is new Woodland police chief

first_imgThe Woodland Police Department will usher in a new chief this month as the city continues to wade through legal battles against one of its own detectives.A yearlong search for a new chief came to an end Monday night as the Woodland City Council finally saw eye-to-eye with Mayor Grover Laseke on who should take the reins during what has been a troubling time for the department.The councilors voted unanimously to hire Phillip Crochet, a commander in the recruiting and training division of the Austin Police Department in Texas. After sifting through dozens of candidates and starting the process over twice, the councilors expressed relief at bringing the search to an end, and they were pleased with Crochet’s record. “I think we’re all anxious to get him on board, and I think he’s very qualified,” Councilor Scott Perry said. Crochet, from Cedar Park, Texas, has spent the last 23 years with the Austin Police Department. He got his start in law enforcement in the mid-1980s as an undercover narcotics agent working in two Texas high schools.The new chief will come to Woodland about half a year after Detective David Plaza announced plans to sue the city for upwards of $2 million. In June, Plaza filed a tort claim making numerous misconduct allegations against former interim chief Sgt. Brad Gillaspie.last_img read more