Southlake police chief accepts position in Washington


Police Chief Steve Mylett has accepted a similar job in Bellevue, Wash., and could start as early as April.

“Steve possesses many of the skills that we were seeking of Bellevue’s next police chief,” Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake recently told his city council. “He is a very seasoned leader and commands a strong presence, he is someone that can make very tough decisions, he is a team player that values innovation ... and someone who believes in Bellevue’s very rich culture.”

Miyake and Bellevue’s interim police chief visited Southlake on Thursday to meet with city staff.

Bellevue officials plan to complete an offer in the coming weeks. They said that the salary is still being negotiated but that the city’s range is from $111,390 to $178,790.

Bellevue, with a population of 134,000, is much larger than Southlake (27,000).

“It was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said Mylett, who was hired as Southlake’s police chief in October 2012. “I’m going to miss Southlake and I am permanently indebted to the city.”

“Steve Mylett is the police chief Southlake needed as we experienced different challenges over the past several years,” Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton said in a news release. “We have made ongoing staff development a priority and Chief Mylett has carried that forward with his officers and command staff.”

Assistant Police Chief James Brandon will serve as interim chief until a replacement is hired.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

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