Michael began his career in the police profession in 1996, when he joined the Terrell Police Department. While there, he was recognized as Police Officer of the Year in 1998. He came to Rowlett in 1999 as a patrol officer and moved through the ranks to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and now Police Chief. Through his 20-year career in Rowlett, he has gained experience at every level and division within the department. As Assistant Chief, he oversaw department operations including Patrol, Support Services, Criminal Investigations, and Community Services and has been instrumental in the development and administration of a $12 million departmental budget. Chief Godfrey has proven adept at managing personnel matters, enhancing staff careers, creating and updating standard operating procedures, and coordinating special department programs. He is also very experienced with department and City-wide strategic planning, creating and updating City Council resolutions and ordinances, and working with numerous multi-department City committees.
He has both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and Texas State University. Michael’s education has focused on a career in law enforcement.
Michael has received several awards during his service in the Rowlett Police Department. He was named Police Officer of the Year in 2003, Public Safety Employee of the Year in 2008, received the Chief’s Award for Excellence in 2008, and Supervisor of the Year in 2009 and 2013. Michael is well prepared to lead the men and women of the Rowlett Police Department.