Chief Samples began his career with the Longview Police Department in March 1987, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December 2000, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in October 2008, and promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in March 2015. During his career Chief Samples has served as a Patrol Officer , Field Training Officer, Field Training Sergeant, and District Sergeant in the Patrol Division, Detective in the Narcotics Division, Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Sergeant of the Planning & Research Section, Sergeant of the Training & Recruiting Section, Watch Commander in the Patrol Division, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Commander of the Support Services Division, and Commander of the Special Operations Division.
Chief Samples has served on various departmental committees and he has received numerous commendations. He was selected as Outstanding Rookie of the Year in 1987. He is a Master Peace Officer and a TCOLE Instructor.
Assistant Police Chief Anthony Boone began his career with the Longview Police Department in January, 2001. As a patrol officer, he worked on all three patrol shifts and served on the tactical and bicycle teams, as well as being a Field Training Officer.
Asst. Chief Boone was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 and to Lieutenant in 2008.
As a Sergeant, he worked with the Field Training Officers as the FTO supervisor on his shift. In the role of Lieutenant he supervised patrol shifts, the Criminal Investigations Unit, and was the Lieutenant over the planning and Research section of the Police Department. Asst. Chief Boone majored in criminal justice and earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2000. He graduated from both the FBI National Academy and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in 2011. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in November, 2015.