Forney taps Dallas PD Deputy Chief as new top cop


FORNEY, Texas — The City of Forney has tapped Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Sherwin as its new Chief of Police. 
Sherwin, a 30-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was selected to lead the department after long-time Chief Rick Barnes announced his retirement earlier this year.

The City of Forney conducted a nationwide search and received more than 90 applicants who went through a series of interviews and selection processes.

Sherwin, who is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, the FBI National Academy and also attended the Senior Management Institute of Police, is expected to begin his duties as chief in January 2017.

During his time at the Dallas Police Department, Sherwin served in many capacities including, among others, deputy chief of the Sex Offender Apprehension Program (SOAP), deputy chief of the Crimes Against Persons Division, deputy chief of Youth and Family Support Division, and was recently tasked to lead the troubled Dallas Animal Services.

Interim Chief Louis Allwin Barrow Jr. will continue to serve in the interim.

“The City of Forney is very fortunate to recruit a man of his caliber and character to lead the Forney Police Department,” said James Fisher, Forney City Manager.

“He will bring a wealth of energy, resources and servant leadership to not only the Forney Police Department, but the City organization and community,” stated Fisher. “The professionalism and integrity of Chief Sherwin will enable the Forney Police Department to continue to build on the solid legacy of a strong family and community-focused policing established by Chief Rick Barnes, who retired in October after almost 39 years of service.”