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Fort Worth deputy chief to be next Burleson police chief

A deputy chief with the Fort Worth Police Department has been named as the next chief of the Burleson Police Department, the city announced Wednesday.

Billy Cordell, who has been with the Fort Worth police since 1985 and a deputy chief since 2011, was among 78 people to apply for the position.

His first day will be June 2.

“I believe that Chief Cordell is the right person at this time to lead the Burleson Police Department and take us to the next level,” Burleson City Manager Dale Cheatham said in a news release.

The selection process began in December after then Police Chief Tom Cowan announced his retirement. Cowan is now police chief of the Joshua Police Department.

While with Fort Worth, Cordell received a Life Saving Award in 1989, Special Services Officer of the Year in 1991 and Command Officer of the Year in 2002 and 2009. He was also the department’s lead planner for Super Bowl XLV

Other finalists for the chief position included Burleson Deputy Chief Chris Havens; Assistant Police Chief Jaime Ayala of the Arlington Police Department and White Settlement Police Chief Jack Ely.

“Each of the finalists offered unique experience and skill sets,” Cheatham said. “I am grateful for the caliber of talent from which to choose. I think it speaks well of the City of Burleson and the police department that we had such qualified candidates.”