Conner calls Diboll chief position his dream job

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Ricky Conner says he's about to have his dream job.

"That's what I've always wanted," Conner said. "Left there in 1990 and it's always been a goal of mine to get back there and be the chief of police and that's happened and I'm just real excited about the move."

Last night, Diboll announced Conner would be the new police chief.

The decision comes after the position sat vacant for most of the year.

In march, former chief Kent Havard pleaded guilty to theft charges.

He admitted to stealing more than $5,000 from the city and even taking money from the police department's scholarship fund.

"The department is not broke and it hasn't been broke," Conner said. "What I want to do is get in there and be a leader for the guys and someone that they can turn to when they need leadership."

The Diboll native says he has plans to re-vamp the department's policy manual and have drug education programs for kids.

He starts the first week in January, leaving the county's emergency management coordinator position wide open.

"I don't fault him at all," County Judge Wes Suiter said. "I wish him the best. I think he'll do a good job, although I'm sorry to lose him here."

Suiter says he's got someone in mind to fill the spot.

"With the size of our county, with the disasters we've been involved in over the last eight or ten years, with the shuttle, the space shuttle, tornadoes, hurricanes, the wildfires and the drought we've had over the last 12 to 18 months, it's very important that we continue to be able to have someone work on that on a day-to-day basis," Suiter said.

While Suiter searches for conner's replacement, Conner says he'll work to make some changes in Diboll and have an open-door policy.

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