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COTTONWOOD SHORES — The city of Cottonwood Shores has found its new police chief.

Tom Williams, previously a police officer in Brownwood, accepted the city’s offer to be its next police chief. He will start Nov. 17.

Former chief Harold Piatt resigned effective Oct. 30.

“His background was very impressive,” said city administrator and city secretary Sheila Moore. “He fit with what we’re looking for, especially his drug enforcement qualifications.”

Moore said Williams has more than 39 years’ experience as a peace officer. He’s worked for the U.S. Border Patrol, as a city marshal in Hico and was even a U.S. Navy diver, Moore said.

The city had a special meeting Nov. 10 to determine the hiring process for the new chief. After the meeting, at the council’s direction, Moore called Williams to offer him the job.

He accepted.

Moore said she and the city like that Williams wants to be active and seen in the community.

“He wants this to be his last position and would like to retire (here),” Moore said. “We’re looking forward to getting him on board and getting him started.”