Cameron hires new police chief

Cameron finally has a new police chief.

The Cameron City Council gave City Manager Rhett Parker the authority to offer the position to Shane Snider after a special meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

Snider accepted the offer and his first day will be Oct. 2.

Snider has spent the past nine years working for the Harris County Constable Office Precinct One in Houston.  His current rank was lieutenant where his administrative duties consisted of managing law enforcement personnel in downtown Houston and the Courthouse Complex.

Snider has a total of 26 years in law enforcement and will be retiring from Harris County to come to Cameron. He is a Master Peace Officer, TCOLE Instructor and TCOLE Special Investigator. Past duties include being the Chief of Police for the City of Lone Star Police Department, Senior Deputy with Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Deputy/Undersheriff with San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado.

“Snider will do well in Cameron, he has many years of experience and maturity,” Parker said. “He will be a hands on Chief of Police that will be in the trenches with his officers. His managerial style will be beneficial to the Cameron Police Department.” 

The city has been without a police chief since the termination of former chief Randy Dixon in February of this year. They offered the position to Silsbee Police Chief Waylan Rhodes in May, but he elected to stay in Silsbee.