Police Chief and Town Administrator, David Burgess
Chief David Burgess was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and as an “Air Force brat” has lived in Minnesota, Hawaii, Oklahoma, the Philippines and in Japan.
With his family settling in Fort Worth to be close to a major military hospital, Chief Burgess became interested in police work because of a neighbor who had been the first female police officer. He attended the Fort Worth Police Academy in 1983 while attending UTA, TCU and TCJC. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan where he graduated with a bachelor degree in criminal justice. He worked as a detective and a patrol officer for ten years with his first assignment as foot patrol in the Butler Apartment Projects.
In 1999, Chief Burgess was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Before his retirement in 2008, he worked in almost every department in FWPD including gangs, jail, SWAT (sniper), traffic, vice, robbery, and rose through the ranks serving as a sergeant, Lieutenant (internal affairs under Chief Wyndham), deputy chief’s aide, and public information officer for the City of Fort Worth.
Following retirement Chief Burgess spent a year and a half at the North Central Texas Council of Government learning to write and administer federal and state law enforcements grants, a talent he has already used in securing radios for the PD here in Westover Hills.
After joining the Westover Hills PD in 2010 as a patrol officer, he was quickly promoted to Sergeant. Burgess was tapped to become interim chief in 2011. Serving admirably in budgeting and administration, David Burgess was selected from a field of over 80 applicants to become Chief of Police and administrator of the Town of Westover Hills in December 2011.