Chief Gary M. Swindle
Hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday
Chief Gary M. Swindle is a thirty year veteran of the Tyler Police Department and has served as the Chief of Police since 2000. As Chief of Police, he commands a department comprised of 245 employees (194 sworn) and oversees an annual operating budget of $26 million dollars.
Chief Swindle is a graduate of University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He also holds Master Peace Officer certification from the State of Texas. Chief Swindle is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy, 176th session, Quantico, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute, Law Enforcement Command College. Chief Swindle was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Commissioner on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (2002-2009).
Chief Swindle serves as a Key Leader for the City of Tyler. Tyler City Manager, Mark McDaniel, appointed Chief Swindle as the Managing Director who is responsible for the operations of Neighborhood Services and City liaison for the Health Department and Animal Control.
As Key Leader of the Tyler Police Department, Chief Swindle brings innovative planning ideas, leadership ability, proven management theories, and problem-solving techniques to the executive level. He holds active memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), FBI National Academy Associates of Texas, Past President, Texas Police Chiefs Association, Texas Police Association, Smith County Peace Officers Association, Past Vice-President, East Texas Peace Officers Association and East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force.
Chief Swindle Civic Affiliations include: Leadership Tyler, Children’s Advocacy Center, Chamber of Commerce, East Texas State Fair Association, Regional Training & Development Complex Complex Management Group, Tyler Junior College, All Saints Episcopal School Board, Church and Community Network, Tyler Sister Cities International, UT Tyler Alumni Association and Tyler Police Foundation.