Andy Kancel, Chief of Police
Andy Kancel began proudly serving the citizens of Flower Mound as chief of police on November 4, 2013, having over 24 years in law enforcement experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He began his law enforcement career with the North Richland Hills Police Department in 1989, and rose to the rank of assistant police chief in 2007. During his career, he has experienced nearly all aspects of policing to include patrol, SWAT, community services, training, media relations, and internal affairs. Chief Kancel holds a Permanent Peace Officers License for the State of Texas, a Master Peace Officers License, and he is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensed instructor.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program, the 44th Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, and the Police Supervision Course and Advanced Management College at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. Chief Kancel graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and currently serves on the Executive Board of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association.
Wendell Mitchell, Assistant Chief
Wendell Mitchell joined the Flower Mound Police Department in March of 1994 and has had the opportunity to serve the community and the police department as an officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He was selected as assistant chief in March of 2011. During his career with the Town, he's experienced many aspects of policing including patrol, criminal investigations, community services, training, internal affairs, media relations, tactical and special operations, and support services.
Assistant Chief Mitchell holds a Master Peace Officer License and a TCOLE Instructor certification. He is a graduate of the 229th session of the FBI National Academy, the 63rd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, and the 47th class of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. Assistant Chief Mitchell also holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University.
Captain Colin Sullivan, Criminal Investigations Division
Captain Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and graduated from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute’s Leadership Command College in 2007. Captain Sullivan holds a Master Peace Officer License and is a licensed TCOLE Instructor.
He lives here in the community of Flower Mound with his wife and two children. Captain Sullivan has been instrumental in educating and helping the families of Flower Mound deal with drug abuse. He initiated the IN the Know Program and works closely with our community partners to make sure support and resources are in place. He is the recipient of the Supervisor of the Year Award, Community Service Award, Police Commendation and Life Saving Award.
Captain Shane Jennings, Special Services Division
Shane Jennings joined the Flower Mound Police Department in 1997. In April of 2018, with over 25 years of law enforcement experience he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to the Special Services Division. This division consists of Animal Services, hiring, recruiting, training and professional standards. During his tenure with the department, he has served the citizens of Flower Mound by working in and supervising various assignments over the years including patrol, bikes, school resource, SWAT, traffic, marine safety, and personnel and training. Prior to his career with Flower Mound, he worked as a public safety officer for the Dalworthington Garden Department of Public Safety.
Captain Jennings earned a Master's Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. In addition, he has completed the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College and the FBI LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives.
Captain Jennings holds the following certifications: Master Peace Officer, Advanced Accident Investigator, and TCOLE Instructor. He has earned the Leadership Trilogy acknowledgement through the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He is the recipient of a Lifesaving Award in 1997, and Police Commendation Award in 2009.
Captain Kendall Leonard, Uniformed Services Division
Kendall Leonard began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Southlake Department of Public Safety. He joined the Flower Mound Police Department in 2005. During his time with the Flower Mound Police Department he has served in patrol, traffic, SWAT, narcotics, and as a firearms instructor. He achieved the rank of captain in 2018 and was assigned to the Uniformed Services Division in April of 2019. This division consists of patrol officers, K-9, traffic enforcement, special events, detention facility, and SWAT. Captain Leonard holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. He holds a Master Peace Officer license and is a licensed TCOLE Instructor. He received the Officer of the Year Award in 2010 and Police Commendation Award in 2015.
Lavona Burgess, Director of Police Support Services
Lavona Burgess began her career as an emergency communications officer and 911 operator in 1994 with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. She joined the Flower Mound Police Department as a communications officer and trainer in 2000 and promoted to the Director of Support Services in May of 2018. During her time with the Flower Mound Police Department she has served as communications officer, training coordinator, records clerk, property and evidence analyst, and support services manager. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for the North Central Texas College teaching constitutional law and corrections and as a presenter for the Texas Emergency Number Association Conference addressing job stress and job satisfaction.
Director Burgess holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of North Texas. She is a graduate of the 62nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. She holds an Advanced Telecommunicator Certification as well as an Advanced Property and Technician Certification. She was recognized as the Communications Officer of the Year in 2002 and the Civilian of the Year in 2009.