Assistant Chief Mary Lentschke

Assistant Police Chief Mary Lentschke retired in December 2016 after a 33-year career with the Houston Police Department. Assistant Chief Lentschke joined HPD in 1983 as a police officer, and rose through the ranks until she achieved assistant police chief in 2013. During her tenure, Assistant Chief Lentschke participated in a multi-disciplinary task force that received funding from the National Institute of Justice to research the reasons a massive backlog of rape kits had developed in Houston, recommend best practices to prevent such problems going forward and eliminate the backlog. Assistant Chief Lentschke has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.