Grand Prairie Names New Police Chief

Andrew Greenstein
December 09, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Daniel Szesney

Credit: Anderw Greenstein, 1080 KRLD

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GRAND PRAIRIE (1080 KRLD) - With the current chief of Grand Prairie Police stepping down next month, the city names Assistant Chief Daniel Scesney as his successor.

Scesney, 45, has been an assistant chief for three years and has been with the department overall for 19.

“To be able to lead this organization ... it's very difficult to describe, and it's a it's an honor and I'm humbled, Scesney told a gathering that included Mayor Ron Jensen and members of city council.

Scesney will officially take over as chief on January 18, 2020.

“I'm very mindful of the fact that being a police chief is something that's earned every single day in the minds of all of our officers,” says Scesney. “That's a fact that's not lost on me, and I will come in every day to do that.”

Scesney will take over for Steve Dye, who’s stepping down as police chief to focus his efforts on his role as assistant city manager (Dye is currently serving in both roles simultaneously).

Dye says he’s glad that the city looked from within to hire his successor.

“We're doing so many great things in the community,” says Dye. “Our citizen level of satisfaction is high, (and) crime is way down.”

Dye says he had been looking forward to this moment ever since becoming police chief eight years ago.

“One of my first priorities was to develop a succession plan and try to identify the next chief,” Dye says, “because sometimes these things take years to develop.”