Photo Courtesy Moore County Sheriff’s Department
Less than a week after his arrest for injury to a child, Sunray Police Chief Tim Dean resigned. Sunray Mayor Bruce Broxson said Dean submitted his resignation to the Sunray City Council during a meeting Tuesday.
“The only action we took was to accept his resignation,” Broxson said.
The Texas Rangers arrested Dean on Thursday, one day after Child Protective Services asked them to investigate allegations of injury to a child, a third-degree felony. Law enforcement officials haven’t released details about the investigation.
Dean’s arrest and subsequent resignation is a blow to a city that has been burdened with retaining a police chief. Dean, hired Oct. 17, 2016, was the the city’s fourth chief since 2013. Jason Collier, Dean’s predecessor, stayed only three months. Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Emmert said during an interview for an earlier Journal story Collier resigned because of pressing family issues, the same reason Tim Holzschuh, who was the chief from October 2013 to July 2014, resigned. Aaron Sheehan, the chief from July 2014 to May 2015, was’t a good fit, Emmert said.
“It’s true we’ve had difficulties retaining a police chief, but we’re determined to do all we can to ensure our police department is led by a qualified chief,” Broxson said. “It’s often difficult to recruit someone to any small town, not just Sunray, Many rural cities face the same problem. But we’re proud of our department, and we’ll continue to staff it with officers who are a good fit for our community.”
Sunray Police Officer Joseph Flores, who Dean hired from the Dumas Police Department, has been appointed interim agency administrator.
“We don’t have a definitive date to search for a full-time replacement for the chief,” Sunray City Manager Rob Roach said.
Dean was employed by the Dumas Police Department prior to taking the Sunray police chief’s job. He is free on a $10,000 bond.