Chief Keith Traylor started his career in Law Enforcement in January 1983. Chief Traylor worked for the El Campo Police Department for nearly three years before he went to work at the Lake Jackson Police Department in December 1985. During his tenure with the Lake Jackson Police Department, he was assigned as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, where he worked undercover for two years, Patrol Sergeant and eventually Patrol Lieutenant. Lieutenant Traylor is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute (Modules 1-4), Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (Session 231) as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation Command College. In April 2013 Chief Traylor retired from the Lake Jackson Police Department to start his new chapter as the Chief of Police for the Manvel Police Department
Captain Rhodes joins MPD with 35 years experience. He is a graduate of The Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, Leadership and Command College, FBI National Academy, FBINA Command College and the Texas Police Chief's Association, Executive Leadership Class.Captain Rhodes began his career with the Harris County Sheriff's Office before accepting a job in his home town of Humble where he worked for nearly 20-years. He served in several capacities with Humble PD including, patrol officer, patrol sergeant, warrant officer, public information officer, physical fitness coordinator, crime suppression unit, SWAT and community service officer.In 2002, Rhodes and his family moved to north Texas where he served as Chief of Police from 2003 to 2015 the Town of Little Elm for 12-years, a town of 33,000, 42 police officers, 3 civilians and 6 part-time jailers.Rhodes retired in May of 2015 and by July of 2015, he was recruited by the Bastrop Independent District to start up a new police force.In 2017, Rhodes accepted a job as the Chief of Police with the Silsbee Police Department where he worked for 2-years before accepting a job with the Manvel Police Department
Michelle Vela has worked for the City of Manvel since July of 2009. Michelle started with the Police Department as a Communications Operator and promoted to Communications Supervisor in December of 2014. Michelle was assigned Administrative Assistant/ Officer Manager in October of 2018. As Administrative Assistant, Michelle is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day administrative operations of the Police Department inclusive of records management, public information requests, criminal offence case file management, information systems, and state and federal compliance coordination.
Michelle currently holds a Master Proficiency Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a Telecommunicator as well as various other training and certifications in communications and emergency management.
Michelle is a graduate of Alvin Independent School District and has always lived within the immediate area of northern Brazoria County. Michelle is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and actively volunteers with the Manvel Police Officers Association, Manvel POA Blue Santa Program and Manvel Citizens Police Academy. Michelle is married to Martin Vela and has four children.