Veteran officer Jeff Gibson is the new police chief in Bedford.
Gibson’s appointment takes effect immediately, and he succeeds City Manager Roger Gibson, who served as chief from 2011 until this year. The two are not related.
Jeff Gibson, 40, has been with the Police Department for 20 years and was a firefighter in Houston before coming to Bedford.
“The police chief search had been going on for a while,” he said. “I always had a vision to be in administration. I didn’t expect that opportunity to happen just now.”
Gibson said one of his top priorities is to emphasize transparency within the department and in the community.
“This works whether we’re right or wrong. We have to communicate with our own people and with our stakeholders,” he said.
Gibson said Bedford is a “cohesive community” that enjoys good relations with the police.
“We don’t have demanding community problems or problems that are detrimental to the Police Department,” he said.
Gibson has held many positions with the department. He was a narcotics officer, served as a SWAT team leader and helped with training and recruiting.
Gibson also served as a law enforcement liaison to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district where he helped train faculty on active-shooter situations and other safety programs.
He graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in applied science in criminal justice and sociology.
Roger Gibson said the new chief has widespread support in the department and in the community.
“I am confident Jeff is the right choice to effectively lead the men and women of the Bedford Police Department,” he said.