The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host a welcome reception for newly hired Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center, 600 E. Depot Street in Brownwood.
The public is invited.
The reception is in conjunction with the chamber's Business to Business Showcase, also at the Depot, which will feature several businesses showcasing some of their goods and services.  The Business to Business Showcase is sponsored by Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Echo Wireless Broadband.
Nichols’ law enforcement experience spans more than 25 years in both municipal law enforcement and national program management.  He served on the San Marcos Police Department for 21 years, retiring at the rank of commander in 2010.
As commander, he led and managed patrol and criminal investigation divisions.  He was also sergeant in the training division, patrol sergeant and narcotics detective.
Nichols was a member of a multi-agency Hays County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), of which he served a term as commander.
As a member of the San Marcos Police Department and SWAT, Nichols saw the need for additional training for law enforcement in active shooter incidents. He is a founding member of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, which has become an internationally recognized training and development entity through Texas State University.
Nichols retired from the San Marcos Police Department to dedicate himself full time to ALERRT as the assistant director and the director of curriculum development for more than six years.
ALERRT has acquired more than $50 million in grant funding and trained more than 90,000 officers. He is a published author and speaker on the active shooter threat, training development and national response strategies.
Through the span of his career, Nichols has extensive experience collaborating and communicating with local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, and citizens.  Nichols is known by his colleagues as a team builder, with the ability to bring people together for a common goal.
Nichols holds a master peace officer certification, a bachelors in criminal justice and a masters in administration of criminal justice, both from Texas State University.  He and his wife, Nicky, have been married for 25 years, and have two adult children.