Rockport Police Chief Greg Stevens announced the promotions of three Rockport Police Department (RPD) officers during the Rockport City Council’s regular meeting Aug. 27.
The individuals and their years of service at the RPD are Detective Tchanee Meissner (six years), Patrol Officer David Rollins (17 years), and Detective James Wilson (26 years).
The officers were selected for promotion through a competitive process, which included filing a letter of intent, an assessment of relevant training, education, and experience. They also appeared before an oral interview board, which included individuals outside the RPD. Scores from all phases were aggregated to create a promotional list.
“Retention and advancement are vital to a progressive police department,” said Chief Stevens. “At the same time, it’s important to recognize these officers for their long-standing commitment to the city and its residents.”
The rank of lieutenant is the first line of supervision in the RPD. The newly promoted officers will each lead a uniform patrol platoon, reporting directly to RPD Commander Larry Sinclair.
Lt. Meissner began her career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the White Oak, TX Police Department. While employed there, she attended and graduated in 2010 from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore. The Gladewater, TX Police Department, hired her as a patrol officer after graduation.
In 2013 Lt. Meissner followed in the footsteps of her mother (a former RPD police officer) and joined the RPD.
After working three years in the RPD Patrol Division, Lt. Meissner was promoted to detective and transferred to the RPD Criminal Investigations Division. During her employment with the RPD, she has obtained her Intermediate and Advanced Peace Officer Certificates. She also earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Del Mar College, and now serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Del Mar Regional Police Academy.
Lt. Meissner holds Texas Commission on Law Enforcement certifications as a Field Training Officer, a Basic Instructor, and a Sexual Assault and Family Violence Special Investigator.
Lieutenant Rollins has a total of 22 years of service as a law enforcement officer. Of those 22 years, 17 have been with the RPD. He attended the West Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Abilene. After graduating from the academy in 1997, he began his law enforcement career with the Cisco Police Department. Lt. Rollins later worked for the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office before starting with the RPD in 2002.
Lt. Rollins has served as an Intoxilyzer Operator and a Marine Safety Enforcement Officer during his tenure with the RPD. He received his Master Peace Officer’s Certificate, Mental Health Officer Certificate and many awards throughout his career. Among those awards are the Medal of Valor from the RPD and a Life Saving Award from the Rockport Volunteer Fire Department.
Lt. Wilson began his law enforcement career with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Central Intake Division as an identification technician and training officer. He has been employed with the RPD since 1993. During his tenure with the department, he has performed duties as patrolman, fire marshal, detective, administrative sergeant and patrol lieutenant. Lt. Wilson is on his 26th year with the department.
He holds a Master Peace Officer’s license through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has attended thousands of hours of training, specializing in criminal investigations and defense tactics. Lt. Wilson has one son, William “Cole” Wilson, who graduated from Rockport-Fulton High School and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.