Out of five candidates for College Station's vacant police chief opening, Michael Ikner has been selected to lead the department.
The assistant chief in Arlington, Texas heads up the field operations bureau in that city, but will take the reins of CSPD starting June 2.
"I am absolutely ecstatic about it," Ikner told News 3. "I feel honored and absolutely blessed to get this awesome responsibility to take over the helm of a fine organization like the College Station Police Department and the professionals that work there."
Ikner has been Arlington's assistant chief since 2004.
"We had five outstanding candidates short listed for this position," City Manager Glenn Brown said in a city press release. "It was a challenging decision. However, Michael has more than 20 years experience, 11 of which have been in the command level. Plus, he has demonstrated vision and professionalism while working for a large, accredited law enforcement agency located within a university community."
Interim CSPD Chief Bobby Whitmire, who was among the five finalists for the job, will leave that role on April 30. Assistant Chief Scott McCollum will act as chief until Ikner's arrival.
"The city is extremely grateful to Bobby for all that he did for the department during this interim phase," said Assistant City Manager Kathy Merrill in a press release. "We were fortunate to have his leadership during this transition." Until Ikner begins as the new Police Chief, Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum will serve as acting Police Chief.
Ikner, who has a wife of 22 years and three children, holds degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and Dallas Baptist University. He also has graduated from the FBI National Academy.
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