The Humble City Council and Police Chief Delbert Dawes recently promoted Ken Theis to assistant chief and Melinda Bradshaw to captain.
Dawes, who himself was promoted to chief about a year ago, took his time to learn more about the positions he wanted to fill. Dawes is a 28-year veteran of the department. He sized up the jobs and the candidates before recommending Theis and Bradshaw for the positions.
All three have worked together for many years – Theis has been with the department since 1987 and Bradshaw since 1994.
Dawes hangs a 1978 calendar in his office showing a picture of the department that year. The police chief at that time was Jack Theis. He is the father of the newly named assistant chief.
The junior Theis reminisced about growing up with his dad and other police officers. He said those officers were part of his family all those years. Becoming a part of the department’s leadership team has capped a 30-year career for him, so far. He has risen through the ranks from patrol officer and sergeant of the patrol division to traffic incident investigator, lieutenant, captain, and now assistant chief.
“My job is to make the department run during times and situations where the chief is not able to be there,” said Theis. “In other words, I need to do all the things the chief does.”
Dawes seemed proud of his newly appointed top officers. There was probably a little relief also, as he had been running the department with only part of his leadership team formally in place.
“I wanted to see what each job was about before I made recommendations to fill the slots,” said Dawes.
Bradshaw has also worked her way through the department. She has previously served as a patrol officer and lieutenant, and recently oversaw the state certification process for the department. Dawes noted that their department has been in the upper third of similar departments since 2008.
Dawes said Bradshaw’s new job will include management responsibility for dispatch, records and jail operations.
“The newly promoted officers are absolutely the best choice,” Dawes said. “We have been together a long time and know how each of us are going to react in any situation.”
Dawes also noted the growth of the City of Humble.
“The city has added subdivisions and businesses in recent years. Although we have only 15,000 residents in the city, we have 200,000 daily visitors.”
Dawes looked at his 1978 calendar, a record of simpler times. The department had 12 employees then as compared to 93 today.
“The department still works to provide quality of service to improve all aspects of the community,” Dawes said.