Chief Robert J. Burby
Texas City Police Department
Texas City, TX 77590
On July 4, 2004, Robert J. Burby became the Chief of Police of the City of Texas City. He began his Law Enforcement career in 1994 after his retirement after serving 20 years of Distinctive Services in the United States Air Force at the Rank of Master Sergeant (E7). Chief Burby served as both a patrolman and 25 th Judicial District Narcotics Task Force member with the City of Sequin, Texas. In 1995, he relocated to the Island of Guam to accompany his active duty military spouse, and accepted a position with the Department of Defense Police in Guam. In 1996, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in 1997, promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Watch Commander over a shift of 30 officers. In 1998, he returned to the United Stated and accepted a patrol position with the City of Marietta, Georgia. In Marietta he specialized in Juvenile and Gang Investigations and became a Leader of the MSTAR (Community Policing Initiative) program. In 2002, he was selected by the City of Holly Springs, Mississippi, as Chief of Police.
In 2004, Chief Burby was selected as Chief of Police in the City of Texas City, Texas. Chief Burby was instrumental in leading the Texas City Police Department to be honored as the first Texas State Accredited Police Department by Texas Chiefs of Police Association Foundation in March 2007. Chief Burby has received extensive Law Enforcement training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northwestern Traffic Institute, and University of Louisville in Kentucky. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 229. On February 1, 2008, he completed the FBI Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Session #58.
He is a Master Peace Officer in the State of Texas, and member of the following organizations: IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police); NOBLE (Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives); TCPA (Texas Chiefs of Police Association).
Chief Burby's educational accomplishments include Associates Degrees in Administrative Management; in Administration at the Community College of the Air Force; in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Nebraska; a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration; and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Criminal Justice from City University, Seattle, Washington.