New Olney Police Chief Settling In Position

It's day two on the job for the new Olney Police Chief.  The former Chief, Steven Wheeler was there for six months before resigning for another position in Slaton, Texas.

Barry Roberts comes from Palestine, Texas with 32 years of law enforcement experience.  He has big plans for the city and he's not afraid to lay it out.

Less than 48 hours of serving in the position Police Chief Barry Roberts has a message to drug users and dealers.

"Meth dealers in Olney, Texas this is my town and I plan on staying and them leaving," he said.

Hailing from East Texas where he was Captain of Training in Anderson County, his first job in law enforcement drew him to Kentucky.  He would eventually leave that job and come back to Texas.

"Moved to Texas in 1977 and completed the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore, Texas and worked at the Constables Office over in Nacogdoches, County."

Decades later he's calling Olney home.  He knows like many North Texas communities methamphetamine is a problem so during his tenure Barry Roberts' goal is to crack down on the drug, one person at a time.

"I just want it to be a safe community.  I want my folks to be able to say I know that my home is protected," said Roberts.

He's slowing finding the ins and outs learning more about the community with every passing hour.  Roberts says he loves serving people and has an open door policy for all of Olney, one he hopes will leave a lasting impression on the small town long after he's gone.

"When my time is finished and my life comes to a close I want people to say he made a difference in our community."

Barry Roberts isn't entirely new to Olney.  For the past few years he has participated in the One-Arm Dove Hunt.

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