New police chief hired in Center

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - The City of Center has a new chief of police who will unofficially begin working within the next two weeks and begin full time responsibilities in roughly eight weeks, according to a news release from the Center city manager's office.

After a long process of evaluation and interviews of over forty applicants, Jim Albers has been offered and accepted the position.  Albers is a veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's department where he has served for many years and attained the position of Captain.

The news release goes on to state that "Albers' credentials, education and experience will add to the existing experience capabilities and leadership already within the department to enhance the police and emergency services within our community."

Also in the news release, "The City is confident that the department as a whole is comprised of many good officers and employees and can continue to take steps necessary toward additional improvement and growth to become recognized and appreciated as one of the best public safety departments in East Texas."

Retired Chief Walter Shofner has agreed to assist in this transition in an interim capacity and will continue to oversee and address any non routine problems or emergencies and handle administrative responsibilities.

Jim Albers is a 56 year old native Houstonian and a 34 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's office in Houston.  His experience includes having commanded the Burglary Theft and Auto Theft Divisions of Detectives.  He also commanded several Patrol Districts, including DARE units Crime Prevention Motorist Assistance Programs MAP and Narcotics Enforcement teams.  In addition,  he has also commanded the Support Services Division and one of the largest jails in the State of Texas.

Captain Albers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston and is a 1986 graduate of the FBI Academy 146 Session. His most recent nationally published article was in the November-December 2006 issue of Sheriffs Magazine. Jim Albers is married to the former Lisa Huff of Hemphill, Texas.  His wife is a former public school teacher and currently a staff professor at Houston Community College. They have five children and four grandchildren.