Jimmy Singletary, a fixture of Southeast Texas law enforcement for the last 41 years is now the top cop in Beaumont, a department he served for 30 years.
In a packed ceremony at the Beaumont Civic Center, outgoing Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin welcomed Singletary back to the ranks as a Beaumont police officer and then swore him in as his replacement.
Singletary, who is widely respected by the law enforcement community, said he is excited about the new opportunity and is looking forward to working with the community as the police will take a more community-oriented approach under Singletary's command.
In addition to members of the Beaumont City Council, Mayor Becky Ames, City Manager Kyle Hayes and several members of the Beaumont Police Department were in attendance. Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods was also in attendance, and admitted, he's sad to see Singletary, who's worked with Woods for the last nine years, leave, but he's happy for Singletary and said that Beaumont got the absolute best man for the job.
Despite being sworn in today, Singletary begins his official tenure as Beaumont's newest police chief on September 30.
Read more about Singletary and his career leading up to becoming the police chief in next Thursday's Examiner.