Police chief named in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, TX -- The city of Gainesville has a new police chief.

Chief Kevin Phillips is excited about being named the city's new police chief after serving as interim chief for the last five months.

Phillips said, "I'm very honored to have been selected to serve as chief of police for Gainesville. I''ve served with the department for 22-years and I appreciate the opportunity to do this."

City Manager Berry Sullivan said, "He understands the culture we have now and he understands the culture we are trying to develop and because he knows that and hes been specifically trained on how we want to get there. He was just the ideal candidate."

Phillips was selected from 70 applicants following the death of former police chief Steven Fleming who died from injuries sustained from falling off a ladder in the department's evidence room last October.

Phillips says he hopes to continue the great reputation Fleming created saying, "Chief Flemings was a very good man and a good friend. He served the community with integrity and respect and that's one of the thing we will carry forward."

Phillips says the department will continue to utilize the cameras that are being placed around the city and schools.

Phillips added, "our hope is to utilize those in conjunction with some focused, targeted, law enforcement efforts to help us address law enforcement issues throughout the city."

20 of the 200 cameras have already been installed with the remainder going up in the next 3 months.

For Phillips, it's all about providing citizen safety in a transparent manner.

Phillips said, "We want to serve them with respect and integrity and continue our efforts in that direction."