Port Arthur police chief candidates meet and greet public

Police chief candidates meet & greet

PORT ARTHUR - It was a packed house at the Department Club in Port Arthur Wednesday night all to meet the final candidates running to become the next police chief.

"I really do believe that the foundation to a successful law enforcement agency is the foundation of having a good working relationship with your community." Said Marshall Police Chief, Jesus Campa.

Born in Galveston and raised in Port Arthur, Fort Worth Deputy Chief Arthur Barclay also has big plans for the community.

"I can continue to make changes in Fort Worth but I figured that I am in a position in my career that I can come to a city such as my hometown to make positive change." Said Barclay.

Houston native Patrick Melvin is the former Chief of Salt River Police Department in Arizona. Melvin told 12News he would love to work in Port Arthur because it is closer to home. "We have a lot of professional police officers here but my job has been always been about a person who believes in high energy and community involvement."

All candidates had one thing in mind and wanted to make it clear that they want to make the community a better and stronger one.

"I think I would bring a lot of dynamics to the position. My strength is I am very dynamic and high energetic and a leader. If it was easy, anyone would do it." Said Former chief of San Angelo Police Department, Jeff Fant.

Port Arthur City Manager says council will make the decision for the job title within the next two weeks.

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