MCKINNEY – On Friday, McKinney city officials announced that Police Chief Doug Kowalski was reassigned to another position effective immediately.
City spokeswoman Anna Clark confirmed the reassignment and said that Joe Williams, the deputy city manager, would be the department’s new chief.
McKinney police learned the news through an unlisted YouTube video sent by the city manager’s office. In it, City Manager Jason Gray sits at a desk and announces the decision and Kowalski’s replacement. The video is dated Oct. 5 and was uploaded by the city’s account.
“I know that you will not only help me thank Chief Kowalski for his dedication and years of service to the department and the community, but also welcome Chief Williams to his new role,” Gray tells the camera. “I think you’ll see the leadership and culture that Chief Williams brings to the department is well-aligned with the community.”
Kowalski’s biography was immediately removed from the city’s website. It’s not clear where he’s been reassigned.
According to a bio posted on the nonprofit Plano-based Center for American and International Law website, Kowalski spent 1977 – 2000 ascending through the ranks of the Dallas Police Department, working as an officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief.
In July 2000 he was hired in McKinney as the city’s assistant chief of police. He was promoted to chief the next year, a title he would hold until Friday.
City officials will not comment further on the decision.