A month after former Reno Police Chief Matt Birch handed in his resignation, Reno City Council named Jeremy Massey the new police chief for the city.

“He is an outstanding officer and a strong leader,” said Amanda Willows, Reno councilmember and 100 Club of Lamar County Vice President. “He is going to be a great chief for our police department and our community.”

Massey began his law enforcement career more than 20 years ago as a detention officer for the Lamar County Sheriff Office. In 1998, he moved on to become patrol officer for Paris Police Department. For the next 12 years, Massey served as a field training officer and breath test operator. From 2003-10, he served as a detective in the Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force, where he investigated auto-related crimes in a 12-county region, recovering more than $5 million in stolen property. He then moved back to the LCSO for two years before moving to the Reno Police Department in 2012, where he has served as a lieutenant.

“I’m honored to have been appointed by the council,” Massey said. “We strive to move forward and continue providing excellent service to our community.”