Raymond Shaw, the veteran chief of police for the small city
of Shenandoah, resigned from his position on Friday with no notice.
The city did not notify the public about the resignation and
Shaw’s biography and personal information was listed on the city’s website as
of Tuesday morning. His information was removed shortly after The Villager
sought confirmation of his resignation.
Shenandoah City Administrator Kathie Reyer issued a brief
statement on the city’s website dated May 5 after The Villager made several
email inquiries and telephone calls seeking additional information on Shaw’s
resignation. Reyer was not at work on May 5 and did not return voicemails
seeking additional comment.
“Effective May 1, 2020, Raymond Shaw resigned as chief of
police from the city of Shenandoah to pursue new opportunities. He served the
City of Shenandoah in various positions for almost 23 years and served as chief
for the last three and a half years,” Reyer wrote in the press release. “We
thank Mr. Shaw for his service to the City of Shenandoah and wish him the best
in his future endeavors. We will continue our commitment to providing the best
public safety program to the citizens of Shenandoah.”
Shenandoah Communications Director Debbie Pilcher said Shaw
has been replaced by an interim chief, Lt. Troye Dunlap. No information was
provided by the city about Dunlap’s background or how he was chosen to replace
The Villager profiled Shaw in the summer of 2018 and during
that interview, Shaw said he rose quickly through the ranks of the small city’s
police department after joining in 1997. He was promoted from patrol officer to
patrol sergeant to detective sergeant and then lieutenant before becoming
The city, which is roughly 1.3 square miles in total with
more than 3,000 residents, has grown significantly since Shaw joined the force.
He said in the August 2018 interview that all there was when he started was the
Home Depot — the Portofino Shopping Center was still decades in the future —
and a quaint residential area. The exploding development of the Interstate 45
corridor in the early 2000s brought its share of challenges to protecting the
growing community, he explained.
So when he was appointed acting chief after John
Chancellor’s retirement in 2016, Shaw said he was prepared.
Former Shenandoah City Administrator Greg Smith lauded Shaw
at the time.
“Raymond is a great asset to the Shenandoah Police
Department and his background and experience will serve us well as he assumes
the role of Acting Police Chief,” Smith said at the time of Shaw’s appointment.
Shenandoah city officials did not provide any timeline for
hiring a replacement for Shaw. The city is currently coping with the COVID-19
novel coronavirus pandemic and is still under a local declaration of
disaster/emergency that was initially approved in March.