The City Council hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of March.
After narrowing the search to two exceptionally qualified candidates. The next Chief of Police will oversee 43 sworn officers and 16 non-sworn professional staff. Like many cities in America, Balch Springs is reimagining how it provides public safety services to citizens. The city of Balch Springs is approaching this process in a methodical and strategic way. The challenges and opportunities related to this initiative alone are many. The Chief of Police will help the police department and the city adapt and emerge from reimagining law enforcement in a manner that improves public safety for all that live, work, and visit Balch Springs.
The previous Police Chief, retired from the city after serving 17 years. By utilizing social media platforms and publications to promote the open position, the city garnered Forty-Five (45) applications and an impressive pool of candidates that have since been narrowed down to two finalists.
On Sunday, March 13, 2022, the city will hold a Community Meet & Greet from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at City Hall in Balch Springs Council Chamber, 13503 Alexander Road., Balch Springs, Texas 75180. This event will allow Balch Springs residents and stakeholders the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the finalists.
The two finalists will go through a series of interviews conducted by different City department panels and be in attendance for the Meet & Greet with Balch Springs residents and stakeholders on March 13. The sole finalist for police chief will be announced March 2022.
John McGrath has over 30 years of police experience and is currently serving as a Deputy Chief of the East Patrol District, for the City of Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas. He started his career as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to become a deputy chief of police.
Mr. McGrath attended PERF (Senior Management Institute for Police – SMIP Police Executive Leadership Training ILEA Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Executive Leadership ILEA School of Police Supervision. Scheduled to attend Session 282 of the FBI National Academy April 4, 2022, through June 9th, 2022. He holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from University of North Texas, and numerous other professional certifications.
Terry Ross has 33 years of police experience and recently served as the first Chief of Police of the Danbury ISD where was tasked to implement the creation of the police department. He started his career with the Houston Police Department, serving 32 years, and rose through the ranks to become a Lieutenant.
Mr. Ross graduated in 2011 from the FBI National Academy session 244, holds a Master of Arts, specializing in Behavioral Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston, holds a license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations as a polygraph examiner, and several other certifications in management and budgeting.