Office of the Chief of Police
The office of Chief of Police directs, plans, coordinates, and evaluates all activities of the Department, as well as oversees all command-level functions for the agency. This includes, but is not limited to; all police operations in the City, budgeting, policies and procedures, research studies, and methodology for deploying police assets in the most effective way as we work to address quality of life issues in our community.
The Office of the Chief of Police is comprised of the Chief of Police, the Assistant Chief of Police, and the Office of Professional Standards.
Landis J. Cravens
Chief of Police
Phone: (409) 643-5750
Landis J. Cravens is a son of our community, born and raised in what is affectionately known as West Texas City. His parents before him graduated from Lincoln High School (father/1966) and La Marque High School (mother/1969). Landis is a 1989 graduate of La Marque High School and continues to make his home here in Texas City.
Chief Cravens started his career with the Texas City Police Department in 1995 as a Patrolman. He is currently assigned as the Chief of Police, the seventh classification that he has held in the Department. During his tenure, he has worked through several critical incidents, including major hurricanes (Rita, Ike, and Harvey), major refinery explosion (2005), major ice storm (Uri, 2021), and many other incidents requiring command-level supervision and monitoring.
Education and Certifications
Chief Cravens holds a Master Peace Officer license through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He has an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude honors) from Alvin Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Service Leadership from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and is currently enrolled and working towards an Executive Master's of Public Service and Administration through the Bush School at Texas A&M University. He received a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 274 (2018). He is a graduate of the Texas Chiefs of Police Association's “Developing Leaders for Texas Law Enforcement” program (2013) and the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Development Association (LEEDA) “Trilogy Leadership Program” (2015).
Assignments and Awards
Chief Cravens has had numerous assignments, transfers, and tasks within the Department over the years, including Mounted Patrol, Field Training Officer, Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force (2001 to 2003), Criminal Investigations Division, S.W.A.T. Operator, Advanced Accident Investigator, Field Investigations Team Supervisor, F.T.O. Supervisor, S.W.A.T. Supervisor, and Agency Coordinator for Operation Washout Galveston County (2021). He was awarded “Region 6 Officer of the Year” in 2011 by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, “Supervisor of the Year” in 2011 by the Texas City Municipal Police Association, and received “The Chief’s Commendation Award” in 2017.
Chief Cravens believes in the Department's Mission Statement of achieving “a safer community by providing excellent service and involving our community as partners.” He said, “In this fast-paced and ever-changing society that we are living in, building and maintaining working relationships is essential as we work to address quality of life issues in our community.”
Assistant Chief of Police
Phone: (409) 797-4402
From 1990 to 1999, Assistant Chief Fairchild worked in the Patrol Division as a patrolman. In 1999, Assistant Chief Fairchild transferred from the Patrol Division to the Galveston County Narcotic Task Force. The task force was a multi-agency narcotic investigative group servicing both Galveston and Brazoria County where he eventually was promoted to supervisor of the group.
In 2001, Assistant Chief Fairchild was selected to be the supervisor of a new Special Crimes Unit being formed at the Texas City Police Department. In 2004 while working with the Special Crimes Unit, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2005, Assistant Chief Fairchild and members of the Special Crimes Unit were sworn in as FBI task force agents with the Safe Streets Task Force, where the unit assisted with federal investigations, wiretaps, witness protection, and various investigations until 2008.
At the end of 2008, Assistant Chief Fairchild attended the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy. After graduating, Captain Fairchild was assigned to the patrol division as a Sergeant.
In February 2017, Assistant Chief Fairchild was promoted to the rank of patrol Lieutenant. One year later, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. From 2018 to 2023, Assistant Chief Fairchild was responsible for the police fleet, communications division, jail, records division, training, animal control, the criminal justice center, and the west side sub-station.
As of January 2023, Assistant Chief Fairchild was transferred to the criminal investigation division, where he oversees detectives and crime scene investigators. Assistant Chief Fairchild also holds a Master Peace Officer Certification.
Assistant Chief Fairchild has received two different officers of the quarter awards while on patrol. In 2001, Assistant Chief Fairchild received Officer of the Year from the 50 Club of Galveston County. Later in 2001, Assistant Chief Fairchild received a Purple Heart Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2016, Assistant Chief Fairchild received the Chiefs Commendation ribbon.
Phone: (409) 643-5831
Detective Robert Wiley began his career in Law Enforcement in 1994. He currently is an Investigator in the Office of Professional Standards with 26 years of Law Enforcement experience.
Detective Wiley is a TCOLE instructor and has served as a Detective in the Criminal Investigator Division, Supervisor of Crime Scene Investigations, and Field Training Officer while on patrol.
Detective Wiley is a Master Peace Officer, Digital Forensics Examiner, Network Intrusion Forensic Analyst, and a U.S. Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force member.