HITCHCOCK — City Commissioners are set to discuss the possible firing of Hitchcock Police Chief Clay Kennelly at a meeting today.

An item on the commission’s regular meeting agenda calls for discussion and possible action to terminate the police chief “for job performance and loss of confidence.”

Kennelly, Mayor Anthony Matranga and Commissioner Lee Sander did not respond to phone and email messages left during the weekend.

Kennelly, 60, was named interim chief in 2009 after the retirement of former Police Chief Glenn Mannis. Commissioners voted to name Kennelly chief in February 2010.

A Hitchcock native, Kennelly began his career in law enforcement at the local police department when he was 17 years old.

After stints with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Texas City Police Department, Kennelly returned to Hitchcock and served as police chief from 1985 to 1990.

Kennelly also worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety after hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a technical assistance contractor.

The City Commission will discuss Kennelly’s job performance in executive session.

Commissioners also will discuss and possibly adopt a 2014-15 tax rate and budget at today’s meeting.

More information on the proposed tax rate was not available during the weekend.

At a glance

WHAT: City Commissioners meeting

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today

WHERE: City Hall, 7423 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock

DETAILS: City Commissioners will discuss Police Chief Clay Kennelly’s job performance in executive session

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.


(2) comments

Chris Gimenez

I haven't run into Clay Kennelly in a long while but he was always what I thought a good cop should be. Certainly in comparison to the idiot Glen Manis, Kennelly is heads above what Hitchcock had in the previous Chief.

I can't speak for the city leadership of Hitchcock but I know in Bayou Vista it seems to be the modus operandi to get rid of competent employees and replace them with brown-nosers who will do whatever the mayor and councilmembers want them to do. If the citizens of Hitchcock like what's happened under Kennelly's leadership they need to support him at this Council meeting.
Bayou Vista

james kramer

The whole force needs to be put under the microscope. When surrounding towns have to conduct a raid on your illegal game rooms and Hitchcock PD refuses to participate then that's a problem. The FBI was also involved. I wonder what they thought or still think about that situation.

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