Burks named Daisetta police chief

Kelvin Burks (right) is the new police chief for the City of Daisetta. He is pictured with the former chief, Mike Parrish, who resigned earlier this year to take a position with Liberty Police Department.

Kelvin Burks is the new police chief for the City of Daisetta. The Daisetta City Council on Monday formally offered the job to Burks, who has been serving as interim police chief since March following the departure of the former police chief, Mike Parrish.

“We think he is the perfect choice for our community,” said Daisetta Mayor Eric Thaxton. “Kelvin, as you know, is already here with the city. He did a great job as interim. He took the ball and ran with it. He’s done a great job and the council believed he was the perfect person for the Daisetta community.”

Burks will be the full-time chief for the City of Daisetta. Previously, he worked for nine years as an officer with the department.

In addition to working as chief, Burks will continue on with Liberty County EMS, where he has worked for nine years as a paramedic, shift supervisor and fleet manager.

The police chief position comes with a modest salary but no benefits, such as medical insurance and retirement, all of which Burks can receive through Liberty County EMS, for which the city is grateful, Thaxton said.

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