Command Staff

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 34 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.

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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.

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Shane Jennings, Assistant Chief

Shane Jennings joined the Flower Mound Police Department in 1997. In November of 2021, with over 25 years of law enforcement experience, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. In 2018 he was promoted to the rank of Captain over the Special Services Division. 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. He has completed the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College and the FBI LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. Additionally, Captain Jennings is a graduate of the 72nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

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.

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Captain Steven Strickland, Support Services Division

Steven Strickland began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department. He joined the Flower Mound Police Department in 2007.  He has served the Flower Mound Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Lieutenant.  He was promoted to the rank of Captain in April of 2023 and was assigned to lead the Support Services Division.  During his career he has held other ancillary duties including Patrol Training Officer, Bike Officer/Sergeant, Instructor, K9 Supervisor, and Marine Safety Officer.  Captain Strickland earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Texas, is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and holds a Master Peace Officer Certification.  He was awarded Police Supervisor of the Year 2018.

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Captain Kendall Leonard, Criminal Investigations 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.  

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Captain Henry Lucio, Special Services Division

Henry Lucio joined the department in 1997.  He has served the Flower Mound Police Department and its citizens in numerous capacities including patrol officer, personnel and training, corporal, detective, sergeant and lieutenant.  He was selected as a Captain in November 2021 and assigned to the Special Services Division.  During his career, he has held other ancillary duties in conjunction with his primary duties such as field/police training officer, department instructor, field force instructor, firearms instructor, chaplain coordinator, local and regional active threat instructor and active threat civilian response instructor.  He also served with the Flower Mound Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team for over 22 years with the last 10 as SWAT Commander.  Henry Lucio earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University Texas at Arlington in 1990 and holds a master Peace Officer Certification.  He has been awarded a lifesaving award (2019) and three commendations (2006, 2011 and 2018).

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Captain Jason Hawley, Patrol Services Division 

Jason Hawley joined the Flower Mound Police Department in 2001.  He has served the Flower Mound Police Department and its citizens in numerous capacities including Patrol Officer, Personnel Officer, Narcotics Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant.  He was promoted to the rank of Captain in December of 2022 and was assigned to lead the Support Services Division.  During his career he has held other ancillary duties including Field Training Officer, Police Driving Instructor, K9 Supervisor, Advanced SWAT Officer and Team Leader.  He was granted special deputation appointment to the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force (US Marshals Service).  Captain Hawley currently serves as a local and regional Active Threat instructor.  Captain Hawley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Texas, graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and holds a Master Peace Officer Certification.  He has been awarded the Lifesaving Award (2018 and 2020), Officer of the Year (2003) Police Supervisor of the Year (2011 and 2016) and the Police Commendation (2011 and 2018).

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