"Who wouldn't want to be here?" asked Ronald Seacrist. The newly appointed Texas Tech police chief has got his guns up. His first day on the job, and eager to call the Hub City home. "Of all the universities where I've been chief, this university seems to be privy to the most community support I've ever seen," Seacrist said.
For many Texas Tech police officers, the appointment of Chief Seacrist is both a breath of fresh air and a sigh of relief. Last year a survey of 61 current and former Tech police officers revealed that 91% felt the former chief, Jay Parchman, was not a good manager. One respondent said Parchman " ...used manipulation, deception, and arrogance to manage his staff."
"I never operate on what's previously been the situation. We start from today," said Seacrist. The Parchman era is over. And while Seacrist says its premature to make any real changes, the simple fact that someone different is at the helm is a massive change in itself. "My job is to create an environment and build on that environment that creates a positive environment for the employees as well as a high level of service to the community," Seacrist said.