LaTesha Watson selected to be new police chief in Nevada

The 15-year veteran has been serving as the Arlington Police Department's Deputy Chief for Central Investigations since 2014

  • LaTesha Watson (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
    Arlington Police Department Deputy Chief LaTesha Watson has been selected to become the new Police Chief in Henderson, Nev., pending approval by the Henderson Mayor and City Council at the next scheduled meeting. (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
Ken Costlow

Arlington Police Department Deputy Chief LaTesha Watson has been selected as the new police chief of the Henderson Police Department in Nevada, according to the City of Henderson’s official website.

A 15-year veteran of the Arlington Police Department, Watson has served as deputy chief since 2014, when she became the youngest individual to be named to that position in Arlington police history.

“It’s very exciting,” Watson said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s definitely a blessing and an honor to be chosen to lead the Henderson Police Department.

“I have had many mentors in 20 years in law enforcement and to take all of the things I have learned over the years, it will be a blessing.”

Watson had been serving as the head of Central Investigations for the APD.

The search for a new police chief in Henderson – a suburb of Las Vegas – was launched in June, with nearly 90 applicants being screened for the position.

“LaTesha Watson brings proven leadership skills, extensive law enforcement experience and a vision for building on the success of the Henderson Police Department to the role of police chief,” Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane said. “As the next leader of our police force, her number one job will be making sure Henderson remains one of the safest cities in America."

No official start date for Watson has been announced. The Mayor and City Council will be asked to approve Watson’s selection at an upcoming City Council meeting before she can accept the official title of police chief.

In addition to her service to the Arlington Police Department, Watson has also served with the Hutchins Police Department, with whom she began her law enforcement career in 1994, as well as the Lewisville Police Department.

Watson holds a Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Leadership, a Master of Science in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She is also an accomplished researcher who has studied police management, the history of policing and diversity issues in law enforcement.

In recognition of her dedication to her work with the Arlington Police Department, Watson was presented the 2016 Rising Star Award by the Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.