After 32 years with the Longview Police Department and 35 years total in law enforcement, Chief J.B. McCaleb announces that he will retire in January 2011. Chief McCaleb began with the department in 1979, and he has served as Chief of Police since 2003.
According to J.B. McCaleb, “It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Longview for this number of years. I consider it a true honor to have served with the men and women of the Longview Police Department. I am giving my announcement now to allow time for a smooth transition.”
During his tenure, Chief McCaleb has worked as a patrol officer, motorcycle officer – accident investigator, training academy coordinator sergeant, special operations lieutenant, community services lieutenant, and field operations patrol lieutenant. McCaleb began his law enforcement career with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office.
The Longview Police Department achieved many accomplishments under Chief McCaleb’s leadership, including certification as a “Recognized Texas Agency” by the Texas Police Chiefs Association. Other key accomplishments include reestablishment of community policing programs; development of a Police Department strategic plan; construction of the Roy Stone Training Center; creation of a Spanish language citizens police academy; and regional collaboration in covert operations with federal, state, and local agencies resulting numerous indictments.
Longview Mayor Jay Dean said, “I first met J.B. more than 15 years ago when he was the Lieutenant for Community Services and I was leading a neighborhood crime watch group. From then till now, J.B. has shown me the positive impact that can take place when the community works hand in hand with the police.”
City Manager David Willard stated that “I have worked in local government for many years, and I can say that Chief McCaleb is the finest police chief I have encountered. I have been impressed by his professionalism, honesty, and openness. The City of Longview is grateful to Chief McCaleb and all the men and women of the police department for their service to the community.”
Over the coming months, the City of Longview will establish a transition process. As set by City Charter, the City Manager is responsible for selecting a Chief of Police, pending approval by City Council.