Round Rock Police Chief Tim Ryle, who took pride in maintaining the city’s status as one of the safest towns in America, will retire early next year after 31 years with the department, officials announced Thursday.
“He is always on top of things and carries his duties with class and professionalism and is just a solid guy who knows the business,” said Round Rock City Manager Steve Norwood.
Ryle said he has been “a piece of Round Rock’s growth and success all of these years and it has been awesome.”
“Before I get too much older and decide to really retire and do nothing but travel, I wanted to see what other challenges are out there that would interest me and where I could make a positive impact,” said Ryle, 54. “I plan to take some opportunities to help the law enforcement profession as we move into the future and I plan to spoil my two grandsons.”
Ryle received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Mountain State University in West Virginia before beginning his first job with the Luling Police Department. He joined the Round Rock Police Department in 1983 and served as a patrol sergeant, a narcotics lieutenant, a SWAT team member and a captain before being named assistant chief in 2007.
Ryle was promoted to chief in October 2011. The next year, Round Rock was ranked the 16th safest city in the nation among cities between 100,000 and 500,000 people, according to a study that analyzed major crime data provided to the FBI in 2011.
“I think what has made him a good police chief is that his ranks respect him,” said Round Rock City Council member John Moman. “He gave his assistant chiefs and commanders and corporals on down the line the ability to do their jobs.”