Saturday, May 15, 2021

Police Chief Robert Finn Retires

In a few more weeks, the City of Southlake will be looking for a new Police Chief.  Robert Finn has decided to retire at the beginning of June.

“Since I began in 1987, I watched the community grow from a small rural town to one of the most successful and innovative cities in the country,” said Finn.  “I have no doubt that Southlake DPS is in a position to attract the best of the best and that Director Blagg will find a law enforcement executive who will be able to build on what we started and lead this organization to even greater heights.”

Finn is a 24-year veteran of the City.  He was hired as a firefighter and through the years he worked his way up through the ranks to become police chief in 2008.

“Robert has made significant contributions to Southlake DPS” said DPS Director Jim Blagg.  “The changes he has effected and the quality of this work can be found all over the City from international accreditation of both Police and Fire Services to the completion of DPS Headquarters and the development of command staff in both agencies.”

Chief Finn grew up in Southlake.  He attended Carroll School and his parents still live here.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and also has attained a Masters Degree in Business Administration.  He will put that degree to work with a new position in the private sector.

Although Chief Finn’s final day is scheduled for June 3rd, he will act as a consultant as the City searches for a new Chief.

“Robert has a keen sense of what works for Southlake,” said Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton.  “He has been an integral part of the story for many years and most significantly since being named Police Chief.  I am appreciative of his contributions that have moved us forward in creating a world class public safety agency.”