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Chief of Police retires after 16 years, new Chief of Police appointed

December 15, 2020

After serving University Park for more than 16 years and working in law enforcement for over 35 years, Chief of Police Greg Spradlin is retiring.

Chief Spradlin began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer in Texarkana, Texas in 1985, where he also worked as a K-9 officer and SWAT team member. Working through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant, his last assignment in Texarkana was to serve as a Captain where he commanded the Operations Division and also served as the Assistant SWAT Commander for a multi-agency Metro SWAT team. 

After 19 years in Texarkana, Chief Spradlin joined the City of University Park in 2004. During his tenure, he served as a supervisor in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions, and later was promoted to Captain overseeing both the Operations and Services Divisions before he was appointed Chief in November 2013. Holding degrees in Criminal Justice and Management, and various professional certifications, Chief Spradlin is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. 

UPPD has steadfastly focused on meeting the public safety needs of all members of our community under Chief Spradlin’s leadership. The department’s high level of professionalism includes being a recognized Gold Standard agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Chief Spradlin has played a critical role in guiding and achieving numerous advancements. Among the accomplishments: implementing a motorcycle unit in 2018, working with the Highland Park Independent School District to add additional School Resource Officers in 2020, installing fixed License Plate Readers at several intersections around the City, and creating three new Police Dispatch positions.

 “While we are sad to see Chief Spradlin go, we will be forever grateful for his commitment to keeping our community safe and secure.” City Manager Robbie Corder also noted, “We are excited for his new journey and we hope it includes more time spent practicing his talents of landscape, nature and wildlife photography, and spending more time with his wife, Mary, his two grown sons and two granddaughters.”

In reflecting on his service to University Park, Chief Spradlin said, “It has been a privilege to work with the members of the University Park Police Department. The men and women of this agency are among the best I’ve had the privilege to work with. There is a part of me that is sad to be leaving, but I know the agency is in good hands with Chief Mathes.”  

Assistant Chief Bill Mathes appointed New Chief

After a thorough recruitment process and interviews with various resident committees and supervisors, the City has selected Assistant Chief Bill Mathes as its new Chief of Police.

Chief Mathes joined the University Park Police Department as a patrol officer in 1997. During his 23 years with UPPD, he has excelled while handling various assignments. His first promotion occurred in 2006 when he advanced to the rank of Sergeant. Chief Mathes was promoted to Captain in 2013. Since then, he has served as Police Support Services Captain and Operations Divisions Captain.

In September 2019, the rank of Police Captain was replaced by the rank of Assistant Chief. Currently Assistant Chief of the Operations Division, Chief Mathes oversees four patrol Sergeants and 19 patrol officers. His supervision extends, through a Lieutenant, to a three-person Criminal Investigation Division and a three-person traffic section, which works problem areas and major accidents. 

Chief Mathes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. A graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #236, his certifications include Advanced Police Officer, Master Police Officer and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Training.

In reflecting on the selection process, City Manager Robbie Corder said, “With his years of demonstrated excellence, his top to bottom knowledge of the department, his steady-handed approach to policing, and his complete understanding of our community and our various partnerships, I believe Chief Mathes is the right person to lead the department forward.”  

In addressing his new role with the Department, Chief Mathes commented, “I am deeply honored to have been selected to lead the men and women of the University Park Police Department as Chief of Police. These are people of strong character and integrity. I look forward to working with them as we continue to provide a high level of service to all who come to University Park to live, work, and visit.”

Assistant Chief Mathes and his wife, Kristie have three grown children. He took the Police Chief Oath of Office during the December 15 City Council Meeting.