Interim police chief remains for now
You may have heard several months ago that Sugar Land Police Chief Steve Griffith moved into a different position for a while and the department's assistant chief Douglas Brinkley is in leading the police department.
Well, city officials say that staffing plan will remain as it is for a while as the city continues to evaluate personnel and staffing as part of the current budget.
Since April, Brinkley has been handling the duties of both his job as assistant chief and the interim police chief. With the department since 2005, Brinkley is in charge of the Support Services Bureau, which consists of training, crime analysis, budget, accreditation, records, detention (jail), dispatch, and property and evidence.
Brinkley took over for Griffith, who was assigned to serve as acting assistant city manager while Karen Glynn, the city's assistant city manager, was on medical leave, said Doug Adolph, city spokesman.
While Glynn has returned to her job on a part-time basis, Griffith continues to serve as acting assistant city manager and is responsible for overseeing the city's police, fire and emergency management departments. Adolph said:
"There has been no official announcement as to when or if Chief Griffith will return to the police department as police chief."
In addition, the city's acting fire chief, Juan Adame, continues to lead the Sugar Land Fire Department in a temporary role after former Chief Danny Smith resigned a year ago. Adame was hired to serve at least a year to let city staff pursue educational opportunities for the fire chief position. He's been in the position for about five months.
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