Brownwood city officials are searching for the next chief of the Brownwood Police Department, with a selection expected in mid-May.
    The new chief will replace Mike Corley, who has led the department since May 2010. Corley is retiring June 22, leaving behind a 40-year law enforcement career. The anticipated start day will be in  late June, City Manager Emily Crawford said via email.
    City officials posted the job opening on multiple local, state and national websites, and the opening will remain posted at least until April 1.
    The Texas Police Chief Association has an Applicant Screening Committee which offers a third party review service to cities. “We will work with that committee to narrow down the applicants based off of our job description and qualifications,” Crawford said via email.
     “Ultimately, it lies with the city manager to make a recommendation to the council for approval.”
    Interviews will begin mid-April and will be conducted by representatives of the Brownwood Municipal Police Association, city council, city manager and human resources director, Crawford said.
    Corley announced his retirement plans in February, saying he wanted to give plenty of notice so city officials could begin working to fill the job.
    Corley said then that he chose June as his retirement month because that’s his birthday month and also the month when he will reach the 40-year mark as a police officer.
    Corley said he’s eager to spend more time with his wife on his farm. He also referenced the radio show, “70s Saturday night."
    Corley started his career with the Midland Police Department and later worked for the Richardson Police Department. Corley retired as assistant chief in Richardson before he was hired as the Brownwood police chief.