The city of Robinson has selected a new police chief.

Phillip Prasifka will be replacing former Police Chief Rusty Smith who retired in May after serving the Robinson Police Department for almost 11 years.

A statewide search for police chief was conducted over the last month and produced 52 applicants, according to a press release from the city of Robinson. Three candidate were chosen to move onto the assessment center processes. The center is one of the many selection strategies that may be utilized to act in the selection of key personnel and was used to identify the candidate who possess the greatest potential to become the next police chief.

City officials said Prasifka emerged as the candidate best suited to the current needs of the city and the Robinson Police Department.

Praska has 31 years of experience in public service with 20 of those years serving as police chief. He began his career as a patrol officer with the College Station Police Department and during his time there, he also served as Senior and Master Officer/Investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division.

In 1997, Parsifka began his career as a Police Chief with th Electra Police Department. He worked there for three years before transitioning to Glenn Heights Police Department as Police where he is currently serving.

City Manager Craig Lemin said selecting the next chief for the Robinson Police Department was a very difficult decision.

“We had three excellent candidates and the choice was not an easy one,” Lemin said. “I am very pleased to have Phillip as our next Police Chief.”

The plan is for Chief Prasifka to start with the Robinson Police Department in the first week of September, according to Lemin.

“There are some post offer details we still have to complete and Chief Prasifka has to make arrangements to relocate to this area,” he said.