The Sherman Police Department will soon be getting a new assistant chief, at least temporarily.


The Sherman City Council recently approved an ordinance to increase the number of assistant chief positions in the department by one, bringing it up to four. In a document prepared for the council, city staff explained the position is not intended to be a permanent one, but it is needed for planned restructuring in the department.


“Some of the things haven’t been announced yet, and I’m trying to respect the ability of the people that want to do that,” City Manager Robby Hefton said when asked about the restructuring plan. “There’s a lot of senior folks, for instance, in the police department in the upper ranks that may be retiring at some point soon.”


Sherman Police Chief Zachary Flores currently has three assistant chiefs — Assistant Chief Jason Jeffcoat is over the Criminal Investigations Bureau; Assistant Chief Bruce Dawsey is in charge of the Patrol Bureau; and Assistant Chief Bob Fair oversees the Public Safety Support Bureau. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously by the council following a public hearing that saw no one come forward to speak, also decreased the number of lieutenant positions in the department.


“This ordinance does not change the total number of staff for the PD, from what was presented a couple months ago to the council,” Hefton said in reference to a September meeting when the council established job titles and the number of positions for the city’s first responder departments by ordinance, as is required by state law. “This really just restructures a little bit of the administrative staff at the top that allows Zach to make some adjustments in his administrative staff.”


The department’s administrative staff also includes Lt. Jeremy Cox, Lt. Wes Trisler, Lt. Nic Emmons and Lt. John Kennemer. Hefton confirmed the new assistant chief position, which has not yet been filled, is likely to last less than a year.


“It’s feasible that even within the next year, that could be restructured again based on other changes,” Hefton said of the department’s upper ranks. “We’re talking about some other ways to structure positions that may be more in line with other cities our size that we’re not ready to do today, but we’ll do it at some point.”