Cottonwood Shores names new assistant police chief

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The city has added another veteran officer to the police force and named him as the assistant chief during the Sept. 6 council meeting.

Gary Olfers, 64, was a 29-year member of the Austin Police Department before retiring in 2003 as a commander.

The city hired Harold Piatt, another former APD commander, in July as the chief of police.

Olfers said a recent chance encounter at a local store led to his new job in Cottonwood Shores.

Piatt told Olfers the city was hiring and that he should apply. “So I said, ‘Why not?’” Olfers said.

During his career at APD, Olfers worked in almost every division of the department, from narcotics to communication, internal affairs and patrol.

Cottonwood Shores names new assistant police chief

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