Conroe Police Department Chief of Police, Charlie Ray, has announced his retirement effective May 31 2009.
Chief Ray has served in law enforcement for over 30 years in a variety of positions. Chief Ray worked with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office prior to coming to work for the Conroe Police Department in 1988. Chief Ray has served as a lieutenant, deputy chief, and was promoted to the Chief’s position in 2003.
Chief Ray’s accomplishments include upgrading the Department’s equipment, vehicles, and technology. During his tenure as Chief, the Department had a twenty-two percent increase in staffing, and implemented a peer-driven Discipline Review Board.
One of Chief Ray’s primary goals when he accepted the position of Chief was to improve police/community relations. Chief Ray was instrumental in creating community liaisons with local civic and community leaders. In addition, he was involved in walks through the community and placing emphasis on the war on drugs.
Chief Ray stated, “I am proud of our City and Police Department. The City of Conroe has an excellent police department of which I have been fortunate to be Chief for the last six years.”
Deputy Chief Philip Dupuis has been appointed as Interim Chief of Police effective June 1, 2009. The selection process for a new Chief of Police will be established by the City Administration.