Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis has been selected to serve in a dual role as Assistant City Manager and Police Chief. “I have been reviewing staffing needs for the Manager’s office since the retirement of Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Cristy Daniell in March 2014,” City Manager Sam Listi said. “I have concluded that organizational needs will be most effectively met with the assistance of Gene Ellis, a seasoned staff member, who has served as Belton’s police chief for five years.” Over the past year, in January and March 2014, Mr. Ellis completed the Texas City Manager Association’s William King Cole series on city management, two extensive sessions focused on a broad range of city management issues. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Belton in an expanded role, and feel honored to be asked to take on additional responsibilities,” Mr. Ellis said. “We have great team of department heads and staff, and I look forward to assisting them in any way I can.”Mr. Ellis has served in law enforcement for 25 years, including 16 years as a police chief. He brings several unique skills to this new assignment, including strategic planning and building community partnerships. Mr. Ellis advocates following a servant leadership model and is committed and passionate about public service in Belton.“He is the ideal choice for this assignment,” Mr. Listi said. “I welcome Mr. Ellis to this important dual role as Belton’s Assistant City Manager/Police Chief.”The change will be effective October 1, 2014.