Cres Salazar named Chief of Police

Today, Friday, February 12, 2021, City Administrator David Miller announced that Cres Salazar, who has been serving as Springtown Police Department’s Interim Chief of Police since October 1, 2020 following the resignation of Tony Motley, would be named the agency’s next police chief.

Chief Salazar brings more than 20 years of law enforcement experience to the agency, including more than eight years with Springtown PD. After joining the department as a patrol officer in 2012, Chief Salazar has served as investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and on two occasions Interim Chief of Police. Prior to joining Springtown PD, Chief Salazar was a patrol officer for the Lakeside, Sansom Park, and Haltom City Police Departments.

The selection of Chief Salazar came after a thorough search that involved an in-depth interview process and extensive background investigation of the three finalists selected by a four-member panel which consisted of law enforcement officials from other Parker and Wise County agencies.

“I am incredibly proud to announce Cres Salazar as the next Chief of Police for Springtown PD. He has proven himself to be the best candidate for the position. His experience, knowledge, skills, and deep roots in the community will serve him, the agency, and the City as a whole well as he assumes the responsibilities of Chief of Police,” Miller said.

Chief Salazar assumes his new role at a time when the City of Springtown and its police department are experiencing the most rapid growth in the history of the City, a challenge that Chief Salazar is looking forward to.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Springtown Police Department as its chief of police. Springtown is a wonderful community, and I look forward to being able to play a new role in support of our officers and the City as a whole. Our community is one that has immeasurable potential and I look forward to the work I will be able to do within it,” Salazar said.

Chief Salazar’s appointment is effective today. He will undergo a pinning and swearing in ceremony at the February 25, 2021 City Council meeting.