Robinson city officials announced the three finalists for consideration of the next Robinson police chief Thursday, with anticipation to name the next chief by early July.
Former Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Tammy L. Burr, current Fort Worth Police Capt. Kathryn D. Rowell and Glenn Heights Police Chief Phillip M. Prasifka were all named as the three finalists for Robinson police chief.
Robinson City Manager Craig Lemin said the three finalists stood “well above” the other 49 candidates who applied for the position by mid-May. Eight semifinalists were interviewed within the past two weeks before Lemin announced the finalists Thursday.
“When we went through the original batch of applications, we felt like we had a pretty good mix of qualified people,” Lemin said. “Everyone we interviewed, we felt like could be a chief in the future, or could be getting close, but in the end, we felt like these three rose above the others, clearly.”
Former Robinson Police Chief Rusty Smith announced his retirement in March before stepping down on May 31. He served a total of 42 years in law enforcement, including almost 11 as Robinson police chief.
City officials accepted applications from 52 candidates before the group was narrowed down to eight semi-finalists, who underwent a management-style assessment.
Lemin said city administrators hope to announce the next police chief in early July.
The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Tammy L. Burr
Burr served 10 years with the United States Air Force before beginning her law enforcement career with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in San Antonio in October 1996. She has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant captain and deputy chief and holds a master peace officer certificate.
Burr was terminated from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in December 2016 after the appointment of a new sheriff, according to KSAT-TV.
Burr has a bachelor of science degree in occupational education and master of public administration degree, both from Wayland Baptist University. She graduated from several professional development programs including the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership and Command College and the FBI National Academy .
Phillip M. Prasifka
Prasifka serves as Glenn Heights police chief and has more than 31 years experience in law enforcement and public safety. He has served as master officer with the College Station Police Department, Electra police chief in 1997 and has been Glenn Heights’ police chief since 1999.
He has also served as Glenn Heights interim city manager and assistant emergency management coordinator and holds a Texas master peace officer certificate.
Prasifka has a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and has completed the Blinn College Supervisory Academy. He is scheduled to graduate later this month from the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership and Command College.
Kathryn D. Rowell
Rowell has served with the Fort Worth Police Department since 1986, working as an officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and holds the rank of captain. She has worked as an overnight commander of one or more patrol divisions and currently oversees the community programs division.
Holding a master peace officer’s certificate, Rowell also has worked as a third-shift public information officer for Fort Worth police.
Rowell has associate of science and bachelor of science degrees from Midwestern State University and is working toward completion of a master of management and leadership degree from Tarleton State University. She expects to graduate in May 2018.