Mesquite chooses 27-year department veteran as new police chief

After a nationwide search, the city selects a local officer with a decorated service record.

Assistant Police Chief David Gill, a 27-year Mesquite Police Department veteran, will be the new police chief, the city announced.

Gill has worked as a supervisor and an officer in all areas of the department, earning 34 honors, including Life Saving Awards and two Certificates of Merit, a city press release said.

“I am truly humbled to be selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Mesquite. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve this community in my new role,” Gill said in a statement. “I want to thank the community, City leadership, and employees for their confidence in me and support for the last 27 years, but especially through the selection process.”

Gill has been assistant police chief to Interim Police Chief David Faaborg since March 2021 when Charles Cato resigned. Faaborg will return to his role as assistant police chief.

The Dallas Morning News previously reported that the city planned to interview five finalists at the end of August after conducting a national search for Cato’s replacement. Gill’s name was not among the finalists.

The finalists were:

  • James Lowery Jr., Arlington deputy chief
  • Stewart Steele, Rio Rancho, N.M., police chief
  • Daniel Steidle, Pacifica, Calif., police chief
  • Elvia Williams, former police chief of Village of Richton Park, Ill.
  • Eric Winstrom, Chicago city police commander

According to a city release, Gill served 13 years in command-level positions, including leadership of the department’s Tactical Division and service as a Field Training Officer.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, graduating as a Distinguished Honors Graduate for the Criminal Justice College, a city statement said.

According to the release, Gill will finish his Master of Science in Law Enforcement Management and Leadership from Sam Houston State University in December.

“The Mesquite Police Department is staffed by the finest employees I have ever worked with, and to be selected to lead them in service to our community is an incredible honor,” Gill said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the community to solve problems and ensure Mesquite remains a great place to live, play, and work.”

Gill will be officially sworn in as police chief on Oct. 18 during a ceremony at that night’s city council meeting.

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