WEBSTER — Police Chief Ray Smiley, a veteran law enforcement officer of 38 years, died Tuesday afternoon from complications associated with a long illness. He was 67.

“Not only have we lost a friend but a great boss as well,” said Thomas Claunch, assistant chief of police.

Smiley began his career with the Webster Police Department in 1999 and was appointed chief in 2004.

“I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and he is by far the best chief I’ve ever worked for,” Claunch said. “He was a true professional, and he will be sorely missed.”

Simley is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. No memorial services had been scheduled as of late Tuesday afternoon, Claunch said.

Contact Reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

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