Cleburne City Marshal's Office

City Marshal

Chief Robert (Rob) Severance III currently serves as both Chief of Police and City Marshal for the City of Cleburne. The Cleburne City Marshal's Office is a designated law enforcement agency with the State of Texas. The City Marshal and Deputies are not covered under the Municipal Civil Service provisions of Tex. Loc. Gov't Code Chapter 143.



The Cleburne City Marshal’s Office and the Cleburne Police Department are separate and distinct law enforcement agencies that trace their shared history to the position of Town Constable, created by an act of the Texas Legislature, approved May 3, 1871. According to archived records the titles City Marshal and Chief of Police were interchangeable when City Marshal Marion Abe Bledsoe was killed in the line of duty on April 15, 1912 while assisting firefighters fight the fire that destroyed the Johnson County Courthouse.

Duties and Authority

The City Marshal and Deputies serve as peace officers of the City with full police authority in the exercise of assigned duties (pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 2.12(3) and Ordinance No. OR10-2016-52); enforce federal and state laws, and all rules, regulations and ordinances adopted by the City Council; execute warrants of arrest, subpoenas, summons, and other legal process issued by a judge of the municipal court; and perform other duties as assigned. 

Code Compliance

Cleburne Code Enforcement Officers may be commissioned as Deputy City Marshals if they are licensed as Texas peace officers. Code Enforcement Officers enforce ordinances established by the City of Cleburne in order to maintain the health, safety and sanitation of our community to preserve neighborhood integrity.

Marshal Patch and Badge for website