Bulverde’s chief of police resigns amid investigation

by Crystal Gottfried

Royce Goodsen, Bulverde’s first chief of police resigned after being placed on paid administrative leave.

Goodsen was placed on administrative leave last Monday, after a complaint of misconduct was made against him. Then, Thursday, he submitted a memo announcing his resignation to City Administrator John Hobson.

Goodson’s memo indicated that his resignation would take effect on Sept 22 and cited “personal reasons” for the action.

Bulverde Mayor Sarah Stevick said that police Lt. Donna O’Conner had been appointed as interim chief on Thursday and expressed her confidence in O’Conner’s ability to run the department until the city could appoint a new police chief.

City officials are not disclosing the nature of the complaint against Goodson however they would say that the allegation did not involve Goodson’s professional performance.

According to Stevick, the alleged misconduct investigation will continue until complete regardless of Goodson’s resignation, and she did say that criminal charges would most likely not be filed in connection with the complaint.

Stevick also said that no further action would be taken until City Attorney Ed Garza returned to the office next week, and city council may take action on the complaint after the investigation has been completed.

Goodson became Bulverde’s first police chief in July 2004 after the city began its police department. He was chosen by a board of law enforcement professionals who, according to a news report in the Herald-Zeitung, “were impressed by his record of more than 25 years in law enforcement.”

Stevick has authorized Hobson to begin searching for a new chief to oversee the department and ten police officers.

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