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After 33 years of public service, Sugar Land police chief announces retirement

The Sugar Land Police Chief has announced his retirement.

Sugar Land Police Chief Eric Robins announced plans to retire June 1 after 33 years of public service, according to a May 3 news release from the City of Sugar Land.

Of those 33 years, Robins spent 30 years with the Sugar Land Police Department, including four years as chief of police, according to the announcement.

“I want to thank Eric for his tireless service to our community,” City Manager Michael W. Goodrum said in the announcement. “His selfless commitment to public service has kept us among the safest cities in the country.”

Robins, a native of Houston, joined the Sugar Land Police Department in 1992 as a patrol officer, and during his time with the department he worked as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief before his promotion. as chief of police in 2018, according to the announcement. Prior to his time in Sugar Land, Robins served as a corrections officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from 1989 to 1991.

In the city’s most recent Citizen Satisfaction Survey, the city’s major service categories that had the highest levels of satisfaction, based on the combined percentage of “very satisfied” and “satisfied” responses among residents who had an opinion, understood the overall quality of policing. About 98% of respondents said they felt “very safe” or “safe” walking around their neighborhood during the day.

“Eric has done an outstanding job serving our community, and we wish him well in his future endeavours,” Goodrum said in the announcement. “Our city is safer than ever. We have big shoes to fill.”

The city will soon announce plans for a nationwide comprehensive search for the next Sugar Land police chief, according to the announcement. In the interim, Deputy City Manager Doug Brinkley will assume oversight of the police department until a new police chief is chosen.

“I came into this industry to be an agent of change, and I think I’ve succeeded,” Robins said in the announcement. “I hope to leave the department with a positive outlook for the future. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this community alongside the men and women of SLPD. I encourage my colleagues to continue working with commitment and desire. to make the town of Sugar Land the most successful and safest town in the region.”