FORNEY, Texas — UPDATE [Oct.7] — In a swearing-in ceremony yesterday afternoon, the Forney Police Department welcomed its newest chief of police, Mica Lunt.

"I am honored and humbled to have the privilege of serving as your Chief of Police," stated Lunt, in part, on a message posted on the city's website. "I will be working with the talented professionals of the Forney Police Department to build further our community-oriented policing focus and facilitate a safe environment that supports quality growth and family values."

"My wife and I are excited to call Forney our home," continued the message. "I am grateful for the confidence and trust bestowed in me by City Management, and I appreciate the very warm welcome I have received from the Forney community. I invite you to become involved and connect with the Forney Police Department as we work together with you to police our community."

"We will achieve our greatest effectiveness through strong partnerships with individual citizens and stakeholders in Forney," stated Lunt.

ORIGINAL [Aug. 13] — The City of Forney has announced the hiring of a new police chief to replace outgoing Chief Robert Sherwin, who resigned just over a month ago.

In an announcement earlier today, the City of Forney says City Manager Tony Carson has selected Plano Police Department Lieutenant Mica Lunt among a national recruitment effort, that included more than 40 applicants, to fill the Forney Police Department's top cop position.

Lunt is expected to join the Forney Police Department on October 7, 2019.

“I am confident that Mr. Lunt will be an exceptional Police Chief and great role model and communicator to the men and women of the Forney Police department as well as the citizens of Forney” stated Carson. “Mr. Lunt offers servant and transformational leadership that I believe, will only enhance the family-focused and community-oriented policing that our police department represents.”

According to the City of Forney, Lunt is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Physics and received his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He also graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) School of Executive Leadership, ILEA School of Police Supervision, is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Texas Municipal Police Association, and was named Plano Police Department Sworn Supervisor of the Year in 2018.

Lunt, according to his LinkedIn profile, began his law enforcement career in College Station as a police officer in 2006 where he served nearly three-and-a-half years. Lunt then joined the Plano Police Department as a sergeant in June 2010 and has most recently served as a lieutenant for nearly three years.