In a news release from the City of Mont Belvieu in nearby Chambers County, it was announced that cities long serving Chief of Police, Virgil Blasdel, has announced his retirement after almost 36 years with the department. Chief Blasdel said he has been blessed to serve his hometown for a long time. He felt during his time with the Mont Belvieu PD things have changed significantly and he was proud of how the department has developed and changed to keep Mont Belvieu residents safe. Chief Virgil Blasdel said his retirement will be effective later this year. The Mont Belvieu City Manager, Nathan Watkins, said Mont Belvieu has been incredibly fortunate to have Chief Blasdel leading that cities police department. The city manager pointed out that during his tenure in Mont Belvieu, the city has grown tremendously and Blasdel has focused on ensuring Mont Belvieu was safe for families to live in and enjoy. The city manager congratulated Chief Blasdel wishing him well in retirement and thanked him for his years of service in law enforcement. As for the Chief’s plans in retirement, Virgil Blasdel said he wants to take in the Texas Hill Country views and enjoy the Frio River. The city of Mont Belvieu has begun their search for a new police chief.