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May 17 Morning Newscast: Greenville police chief finalist meet-and-greet is this evening

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The five candidates for the job will visit with the public at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center this evening.

  • In Greenville this evening, local residents will have a chance to meet the five finalists in the running to be the next Greenville Chief of Police. Acting Greenville police chief Will Cole is a candidate. So is former Greenville PD officer and current Quinlan ISD police chief Steve Walden. Other finalists include Sunnyvale police chief Andrew Hawkes, Heather Morris, a retired assistant police chief from the Houston area, and Christopher Smith, an assistant chief deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. Former Greenville Chief of Police Christopher Smith retired in early February. This evening’s meet-and-greet is scheduled for 6 p.m. located at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Business U.S. 69 South in Greenville.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public input on plans to improve FM 1777 in far southeastern Collin County. A proposed makeover would widen the road from State Highway 66 in Royse City to FM 6 in Josephine. A meeting to receive public input has been scheduled for Tuesday May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Ouida Bailey Middle School cafeteria, 1310 State Hwy. 66 in Royse City.
  • In sports, Texas A&M University-Commerce announced yesterday afternoon that Tim McMurray is leaving his position as Director of Athletics. The release said that McMurray will be taking a job outside the university, but did not specify where. McMurray is remaining on staff until July 1 to help the transition process. Eric Coleman has been named interim director of athletics. McMurray has been with the Lions since 2015. His tenure was highlighted by A&M-Commerce winning the 2017 NCAA Division II national championship in football, and also by last year’s announcement that the Lions will be moving into NCAA Division I this summer. Interim AD Eric Coleman came to A&M-Commerce from Florida Atlantic University in December of last year. Coleman had been the Lions’ deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer before being named interim AD this week.