By Rodney Hays
The Prosper Police Department is on the hunt for a new man. This time that man is a new police chief.
Last week, police chief Kirk McFarlin submitted his resignation to the Town of Prosper. In his letter to town manager Harlan Jefferson dated Jan. 3, McFarlin said the reason for his resignation was "to pursue other employment opportunities." The former chief also asked for the 20-day notice provision of the town’s policies to be waived. His resignation was accepted and effective immediately.
In a release sent out by the Town of Prosper, Jefferson said, "I appreciate Chief McFarlin’s years of service to the Town and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Prosper has already named an interim chief of police. The town named Doug Kowalski as the interim chief, while town officials search for a new top cop.
Kowalski has a long career in law enforcement beginning in 1977 with the Dallas Police Deparment. In Dallas, he advanced to a deputy chief post and worked in various departments, including patrol, internal affairs, training, property crimes, narcotics, communications, SWAT and special operations (tactical and traffic divisions).
Kowalski joined the McKinney Police Department as an assistant chief after retiring from the Dallas department in 2000. He became police chief in McKinney in 2001 and served for 11 years.
Under his tenure as chief in McKinney, the department earned recognition status under the Texas Police Chiefs Association Recognition Program for following best practices for Texas law enforcement, according to the release from the Town of Proser.
Kowalski graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a master of science in Leadership and Justice Administration, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his bachelor of science, graduating summa cum laude, from Wagner College in New York. He also attended Fordham University School of Law.
The release lists Kowalski’s other accomplishments as "in addition to graduating from the Dallas Police Academy, he has graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Police Supervision, their 23rd Command and Management College, and their 10th Advanced Management College. He is also a Vice Chair of their Advisory Board and a past president of their Alumni Association. He is also a graduate of the 180th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner."
The interim chief is a past president of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association. He also assisted the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in publishing a book, "A Conflict of Rights," about policing protests and a white paper on community policing. Kowalski is a board member of Life Path Systems, the MHMR provider for Collin County.
McFarlin was hired as the town’s first police chief in 2001. Kowalski will serve in an interim basis until the Town completes a search for a new Chief of Police.