SMPD sees a changing of the guard
The San Marcos Police Department celebrated the promotion of a new police chief, assistant chiefs and other promotions with badge pinning ceremonies recently.
“We have had a changing of the guard at the San Marcos Police Department,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “I’m proud that we have been able to promote so many of our key leaders from within the department and preserve the outstanding leadership culture that they have nurtured over the years.”
Chase Stapp was promoted from Assistant Chief—Operations to Chief of Police Aug. 1 after former chief Howard Williams retired. Stapp has served with SMPD since 1992 and was appointed Assistant Chief in December 2010, where he supervised 85 officers and four civilians and managed a $9.2 million budget covering four divisions, including the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), day and night patrol shifts, and the narcotics task force. Stapp has served the department as a field training officer, firearms instructor, narcotics detective, narcotics sergeant, Patrol Division Commander, and Criminal Investigations Division Commander.
Penny Dunn was promoted from Criminal Investigations Division Commander to Assistant Chief—Administration on July 3, and now leads the department’s Administration, Records & Communications and Training Divisions. She became a police officer in 1986 and joined the department in 1989. Dunn’s experience in law enforcement includes work in several areas: Patrol, Narcotics, Training, and CID where she was instrumental in solving difficult cold cases. In 2004, she started the first full-time dedicated Crime Victim Services Unit in Hays County at the San Marcos Police Department.
Bob Klett was promoted from Commander — Administration to Assistant Chief — Operations Aug. 1. His new duties include leading the (CID), Patrol (including the Downtown and Mall foot/bike teams, motorcycle patrol, and Mental Health Division) and Narcotics Division. He joined the department in 1989 and has been active in teaching during his tenure, spending many years as a field training officer and field training supervisor. He has previously served the agency as a patrol commander, community services sergeant, patrol sergeant, patrol corporal, and patrol officer.
Tiffany Williams was promoted from Officer to Corporal Aug. 1. She joined SMPD in 2007 as a cadet and spent two years working the evening and midnight shifts. Williams was selected for Downtown patrol in 2010, serving in the Downtown Business District. Her new duties will return her to Midnight Shift patrol.
Marty Manzi was promoted from Sergeant to Commander on July 3 and now leads the department’s night shift, which includes two evening shift platoons, two night shift platoons and the K9 Unit. Manzi previously led the Community Services Division, supervising the school resource officers, juvenile investigator and Crime Prevention personnel. He joined SMPD in 1988 and has been assigned to Patrol, the Outlet Mall/Downtown foot and bike units, and has served on the Hays County/San Marcos SWAT Team and was a field training officer. He won the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Jesse Saavedra was promoted from Officer to Corporal on July 3. He joined the San Marcos Police Department in 2006 as a patrol officer. He joined the Downtown Bicycle Patrol in 2008 after becoming certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). He has also served on Outlet Mall Bicycle Patrol and served as a background investigator for new applicants. Saavedra holds IPMBA Bicycle Instructor and Master Peace Officer certifications. He has earned a Letter of Commendation and several letters of appreciation.
Kathy Anderson was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant July 3 and supervises the six officers of Midnight Shift B. She has been a police officer since 1980 and joined SMPD in April of 1991. She has spent most of her career on the evening and midnight shifts. Anderson served as a Police Training Officer for a number of years, was a member of the Critical Stress Management Team and has been certified as an EMT Basic for about 12 years. She teaches CPR to police officers and has earned several Distinguished Service Awards.