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Smiley, Webster police chief, dead at 67 - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

November 26, 2014

Smiley, Webster police chief, dead at 67

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:30 am

WEBSTER — Police Chief Ray Smiley, a veteran law enforcement officer of 38 years, died Tuesday afternoon from complications associated with a long illness. He was 67.

“Not only have we lost a friend but a great boss as well,” said Thomas Claunch, assistant chief of police.

Smiley began his career with the Webster Police Department in 1999 and was appointed chief in 2004.

“I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and he is by far the best chief I’ve ever worked for,” Claunch said. “He was a true professional, and he will be sorely missed.”

Simley is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. No memorial services had been scheduled as of late Tuesday afternoon, Claunch said.