Emory Police Department

Mission: The Emory Police Department will strive to maintain peace, safety and quality of life through courteous, fair and impartial enforcement of the law. We will provide service to all those in need and conduct ourselves with the highest level of professionalism, both on and off duty. 


Cliff Gloar
Chief of Police

​Chief Gloar was born in Quitman, Texas in November 1967. He grew up in Yantis, Texas, where he graduated in 1986. In 2002, Chief Gloar moved to Sulphur Springs where he currently resides. He began his Law Enforcement career in 2000, working as a Jailer for Wood County Sheriff's Office.  He then attended East Texas Police Academy in 2002.  After graduating, he reserved for the Wood County Sheriff's Office as a Reserve Deputy from 2002-2003.  From 2003-2007, Chief Gloar served as a Full-Time Deputy with Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and from 2007-2014 he served as an Officer with Winnsboro PD. He joined Emory PD in October of 2104, where he began as a Patrol Officer.  In 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant and then promoted to Chief of Police in 2018.


Jessie Smallwood

​Officer Smallwood grew up in Lone Oak and Fairfield, Texas. He graduated from the Lone Oak High School in 1999. He then began his military career by joining the United States Army and working as military police for 5 years. After leaving the army, he attended and graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in 2004. He then began working for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division as a detention officer and for the Lone Oak Police Department as a reserve officer. He then left both to pursue a career at the Texas A&M-Commerce University Police Department. While employed there, he attended the Paris Junior College where he received credit in the criminal justice field and was placed on the President’s list for a 4.0 grade point average. Smallwood then returned to the Lone Oak Police Department where he attained the rank of Sergeant, Assistant Chief, and Chief of Police. There, he was instrumental in overseeing programs such as National Night Out and the Blue Santa Program. He then came to the Emory Police Department as a reserve and began as the Lieutenant over the reserve program. After a short stint, Officer Smallwood then became a full time officer.

Emory Police Department

119 W. North St.

Emory, Texas 75440

For Emergencies call 911

Non Emergencies call (903) 474-9003

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Kelli Sims

Police Department Clerk

Kelli grew up in Sulphur Springs, TX and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. Kelli got her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M Commerce in 2013. 

Joyce Riba

Evidence Technician

​Joyce graduated from Coalinga, CA and headed to the Califonia State University of Fresno to study law. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Management and went on to a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She spent 30 years with the Fresno Police Department before retiring as a Lieutenant. She then started her own business, training law enforcement in "Evidence Management". She is now with the Emory Police Department. 

Reserve Officer Tim Hooten, Reserve Officer Robert Stout, Chief Cliff Gloar, Officer Danielle Dobbs,& Reserve Officer Kevin Phillips.

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Colin Kovic


​Sergeant Colin Kovic is from Mineola, Tx and graduated from Mineola High School. He then graduated from Stephen F. Austin and U.T.T with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, and has a Master Peace Officer Certificate.  He has worked with the Wood County Sheriff's Dept. for 18 years and Wood County Adult Probation for12 years. He then worked for Point Police Dept for 2 years before he came to the City of Emory Police Department in 2018.

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Keith Lewis


​​Officer Lewis grew up in Holly, Colorado and graduated from Plainview Colorado High School in 2000.  After leaving high school he enrolled in college at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  Soon after, he decided to attend the fire academy and joined the Amarillo College Fire Academy to obtain his firefighter certification and EMT-B in 2002.  After receiving his certification he moved to The Colony, Texas and joined the Little Elm Fire department as a volunteer for six months and then became a full-time firefighter for the next year.  He then moved to Point, Texas in late 2003 and began employment with Champion EMS in Emory in 2004.  While working for Champion EMS, Officer Lewis was also employed with the Kilgore Fire Department from 2006-2007.  He attended Champion's paramedic school at Kilgore College. Officer Lewis continued his employment with Champion EMS through 2014, when he moved to Ellis County to become a Safety Manager for an industrial plastics plant.  During that time he also attended Cedar Valley Police Academy and graduated in June of 2017.  In September, he and his family moved back to the Arbala area and in October he was hired as a full-time officer with the Emory Police Department. 

Lieutenant Cliff Gloar, Chief Tracy Rosson, Officer Jessie Smallwood, Reserve Officer Kevin Phillips, & Reserve Officer Robert Stout.