Chief of Police

​Chief's Message

On behalf of the men and women of the Cleburne Police Department, I would like to welcome you to We hope our website will provide you with a greater understanding of the services we provide to our community.

Cleburne is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Chief of Police alongside some of the most dedicated police professionals in Texas. The members of our department carry out their duties with enthusiasm for public service and working with our citizens to maintain a safe environment with a high quality of life.

Our mission is to protect and serve Cleburne by delivering legitimate, consistent, economical police services that result in the highest level of stakeholder value and satisfaction. We strive to fulfill our mission through dedicated adherence to our core values: integrity, service, and excellence. We work in partnership with our citizens for the mutual purpose of promoting safe streets and neighborhoods, creating a community free from the fear of crime, and improving the overall quality of life. The Cleburne Police Department operates under a community policing philosophy committed to evidence-based policing and a high level of customer service.

We are open to your suggestions on how we can work together to address issues affecting your neighborhood and community. Officers are available to meet with neighborhood organizations and community groups to discuss specific issues and develop collaborative, innovative solutions to those problems.

You will see a more personal side of CPD by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. Please be sure to follow us in order to interact with the department and receive the latest information.

Thank you for your interest in the Cleburne Police Department.

About the Chief

Chief Robert (Rob) Severance III currently serves as both Chief of Police and City Marshal for the City of Cleburne and Director of other City departments.

He has also served as Cleburne's Interim City Manager and Deputy City Manager during a leadership transition.

Before assuming command of the Cleburne Police Department in December 2012, Chief Severance had 22 years of “up through the ranks” experience with the Grand Prairie Police Department, where he served as a commanding officer in every bureau within the agency.

Chief Severance has a Master of Arts in Professional Development from Amberton University, a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Dallas Baptist University.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Texas State University's Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program and holds Texas Master Peace Officer and Instructor certifications.

Chief Severance serves as a member of several civic and professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Victim Services Committee, the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee, the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholders Group and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee.

He also serves as an assessor team leader for the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program and an instructor for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and the Caruth Police Institute (CPI) at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

His family history stretches deep into Cleburne and Johnson County's pasts with relatives who settled here in 1872.

CPD Badge and Patch