Chief Thaler began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1976. During the more than 32 years he spent with that organization, he gained diverse experience by managing a wide variety of police operations. At the time of his departure, Chief Thaler was the senior member of the HPD command staff with over 14 years of executive experience. His command level assignments included tenures over most every facet of the department ranging from commanding and overseeing patrol operations; criminal investigations; and other support functions such as crime analysis, planning and research, internal affairs, training, strategic planning, recruiting and emergency communications. Just prior to joining the Pasadena Police Department, Chief Thaler directed patrol operations for the Houston Police Department which included a staffing level of over 2,800 classified personnel.
Chief Thaler received recognition as a seasoned manager and administrator adept at forging and strengthening community/police partnerships while addressing the police service needs of Houston’s diverse metropolitan community. His leadership and managerial accomplishments were recognized through the receipt of numerous citizen and supervisory commendations, several Chief of Police Commendations, and the Houston Police Department’s Manager of the Year Award.
He joined the Pasadena Police Department July 13, 2009 to continue his career in public service. He has committed himself to ensuring the citizens of Pasadena continue to receive quality police service. Additionally, he pledged to work diligently with members of the community to ensure that the dialogue between members of the police department and Pasadena’s citizens is meaningful and productive.
Chief Thaler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston/Downtown and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University.