With the rapid growth in Manvel, the city council and Police Chief Keith Traylor agreed to include in the city’s 2019 budget to expand the department to include a new position for a captain.
The search has now ended. Waylan Rhodes, former police chief of Little Elm, Silsbee and Cameron began his new role as captain in the Manvel Police Department on April 1. His first day on the job ended with Chief Traylor formally introducing him to the city council and the public during the regular council meeting.
Rhodes began his career in his hometown of Humble, serving in various roles for the Humble Police Department over 20 years.
Rhodes said he’s intrigued to see the growth in Manvel and how the community will develop over the coming years. This isn’t the first time he has worked in a fast-growing city, and helping the city grow is part of why he took the job. He said he enjoys seeing the city grow with new restaurants and schools and a busier city with more activity as more people from the city move out to enjoy the suburban life.
“I’ve experienced that already in Little Elm while I was chief there for 12 years — went from 8,000 to 33,000 in 12 years; 14 officers to 42 officers. So I’ve experienced it; it was fun, and I’m interested in being a part of that process again,” Rhodes said.