Former Texas Ranger new Diboll interim Police Chief

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) – Former Texas Ranger Don Morris will serve as the interim police chief for Diboll until a permanent replacement is hired.

Diboll City Manager Dennis McDuffle informed the city council during Monday night's meeting that he would be appointing Morris as chief effective March 14.

Morris replaces Sergeant Steve Baker who was appointed last week as temporary interim chief.

Jimmy Cassels, city attorney, said the recruiting process is now underway to find a replacement for Kent Havard.  Havard resigned last week amid an ongoing criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Morris served as Texas ranger in Angelina County from 1982 until he retired in 1992. He then worked for Deep East Texas Council of Governments, in the Homeland Security division. He retired from DETCOG to take the Diboll job.

In an interview with the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, Morris recalled a capital murder case of Buddy Heizelbeck, who killed a woman and her two-year-old daughter, as one of the most memorable cases in his tenure. He was also involved in the investigation of the death of Fant Smart, a teacher with Lufkin ISD, who was found dead in a Trinity County creek.

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