Office of the Chief of Police

Responsibilities

The Office of the Chief plans, coordinates, directs, and evaluates the activities of the department and provides all command functions for the agency. This includes special studies, research, budgeting, and complex staff assistance as they relate to the delivery of all police services.

The Office of the Chief of Police is comprised of the Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, Office of Professional Standards, and the Public Information Officer.

Gary D. Ratliff

Chief of Police

Phone: 281-338-4165

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Chief Gary Ratliff has been with the Department since 1985. He has held the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2006 and promoted to Chief in January 2018. He has served as a supervisor in every division of the Department. Gary has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University and he earned his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management at Sam Houston State University in 2016. Chief Ratliff is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the FBI National Academy.

Experiences

Chief Ratliff’s experience includes:

  • Advanced Accident Investigator
  • Assistant SWAT Commander
  • Detective
  • Field Training Coordinator
  • Honor Guard
  • Internal Affairs Investigator
  • Public Information Officer
  • SWAT Negotiator
Gary D. Ratliff

James Spencer

Assistant Chief of Police

Phone: 281-338-4178

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James Spencer began his career with the League City Police Department in 1991. He has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain and was appointed Assistant Chief in January 2018.

Experience

Assistant Chief Spencer's experience includes:

  • Advanced Accident Investigator
  • Assistant Field Training Coordinator
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • Criminal Investigations Lieutenant
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Field Training Officer and Evaluator
  • Intoxilyzer Operator
  • Office of Professional Standards Lieutenant
  • Patrol Captain
  • Patrol Lieutenant
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He graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, and earned his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management at Sam Houston State University in August of 2018. Chief Spencer is also a graduate of the the FBI National Academy and holds a TCOLE Master Peace Officer license.

Cliff Woitena

Office of Professional Standards, Lieutenant

Phone: 281-554-1845

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Cliff Woitena began his career with the League City Police Department in 1999 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to joining League City, Cliff spent two years as a police officers with the Pasadena ISD Police Department. From 1992 to 1996, Cliff served in the infantry of the United States Marine Corps.

Experience

Lieutenant Woitena’s experience includes:

  • SWAT Unit Commander
  • Firearms, Patrol/SWAT Tactics Instructor
  • Use of Force and High-Risk Operations Instructor
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center Instructor
Cliff Woitena

Cliff holds a Master Peace Officer license and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, as well as, a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Leadership and Management. Cliff is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 258.

John Griffith

Public Information Officer/Media Relations Officer

Phone: 281-338-4167

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John Griffith joined League City Police Department in January 1992.

Experience

Officer Griffith’s experience includes:

  • Background Investigator
  • Detective
  • Community Outreach Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Patrol Officer
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Speaking
John Griffith

Officer Griffith holds a Master Peace Officer Certification. He received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Letourneau University. As a spokesperson for the Department, he strives to grow a relationship of trust and cooperation between the League City community and the officers who serve it.