Retired Chief - Keller, TX 25 years of Law Enforcement Experience
Mike Wilson is a proven leader, known for initiating and delivering sustained results and effective, fundamental change. A retired police chief and municipal executive, he is putting his passion and acumen for smart solutions to work as Founder and CEO of New in Blue.
New in Blue develops comprehensive technology platforms built by cops for cops; its offerings have the power to shape the future of law enforcement — streamlining operations with a fresh approach to bolster efficiency, quicker interventions, and stronger community relationships to keep society safe.
Mike also serves as founding partner of Lion Strategy Group (LSG), which provides a host of services and tools that foster a healthier work environment to establish a sustainable trajectory for success.
In addition to leadership training, recruitment services, and other specialized consulting, LSG offers the revolutionary Workforce Behavioral Intervention Platform, an employee wellness tool and early intervention system designed to highlight behavioral red flags, allowing organizations to take proactive steps to promote healthy work environments, reduce risks, and foster higher productivity.
Mike quickly rose through the ranks of the Keller Police Department, retiring in 2019 as Chief of Police after 20 years of service with the agency. During that time, his measurable accomplishments and penchant for cross-organizational teamwork covered a wide spectrum of functions: enterprise software; financial processes; design, development, and construction of government facilities; threat identification and mitigation; campus security; governmental mergers and inter-local negotiations; and public information. An expert in strategy, process, and effectiveness, he now utilizes the skills and knowledge carefully honed during his law enforcement career to serve as a high-level consultant across industries.
During his tenure in Keller, Mike’s management and enterprise led to unprecedented progress, collaboration, and initiative. He was recognized as a trailblazer in community policing, from implementation of technology and taking data-driven approaches to reducing crime and traffic collisions, to advancing the department’s relationships with public and private partners. His tenure saw the national re-accreditation of KPD at the highest standard; the rollout of an enhanced emergency dispatching and mass notification system; and a full department restructure, body camera implementation, and the first national accreditation awarded to a regional 911 communications center in the State of Texas. The city was continuously ranked one of the safest communities in Texas and the nation, and, in 2016, achieved its best crime stats in more than 25 years.
Mike’s business acumen served the area well. Collaborations with non-profits, surrounding cities, and the school district led to the generation of more than $3.5 million in revenue, minimizing the financial impact on taxpayers; those efforts continue to save the collective more than $1.2 million annually. He oversaw the design and implementation of software solutions and workflows to facilitate communications between regional agencies, enhance transparency, and implement financial controls.
Mike Wilson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, with a concentration in finance, which he earned during his career in law enforcement. He has also done extensive graduate-level study in communications and organizational leadership. Certifications and affiliations obtained through his career include the Texas Police Chiefs Association Training Advisory Board; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licenses as Instructor and Master Peace Officer; and State of Texas Private Investigations license.