City of Walker Names Next Police Chief
The City of Walker has chosen Captain Keith Mankel to lead the Walker Police Department as its next Chief. Captain Mankel will officially assume the Chief's position July 31 upon Chief Greg Long's retirement.
Captain Mankel began his law enforcement career with WPD in 1993, working as a Dispatch Operator. He eventually moved on to patrol officer, Road Patrol Sergeant, and eventually Captain in 2016. He also spent nearly seven years serving the City as a firefighter with the Walker Fire Department.
"Captain Mankel has been a tremendous leader for our City for many years and has a strong following not just within our police department, but also our City staff and other local agencies," said Walker Mayor Gary Carey Jr. "As a second generation Walker police officer, Keith has a great understanding of the challenges faced in law enforcement today and knows what we need to do in continually adapting to the needs of our growing community."
Among many notable accomplishments Captain Mankel has earned throughout his career include several Chief's Merit Awards and the Department Life Saving Award. He has also been named Officer of the Year.
"The City Commission believes that the familiarity and knowledge base Keith has of our department and City’s culture will help ensure a smooth and effective transition," Mayor Carey said.
Residents can expect a seamless transition during this period with no effect on public safety.