Detailed Director (Department Head) with expertise in regulations, compliance, Laws, policies and safety procedures. Reliable and capable of successfully resolving conflicts and complaints. Always striving to find better and sincere means of serving our schools. Looking to move to a new region/area of Texas where, service and dedication are highly valued.
This position is a newly created position in response to Texas S.B. 11. Thus, it has been my job to,review all emergency plans (District Wide/Campus Specific) and bring said planning to current, Texas School Safety Standards for submission and approval.
With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have been fully immersed in the response to this virus with our Community, our District and of course, the Police Department. I have been responsible for writing and disseminating response plans, safety procedures and protocols.
When Officers or any other of our nearly 8,000 employees felt ill or, felt they needed to be test, I worked with our County Emergency Management Officials to facilitate said testing with 24 hours. Equally, when there were positive cases identified within our organization it is my responsibility to ensure immediate, proper medical care and work with our H.R. Department to ensure the affected employee is treated and taken well care of.
I have created and established two other positions within my Department. One for administrative duties and the other for, Field Inspections within Texas/County Fire Codes. In working with our local County Fire Marshal's Office we have seen a tremendous, positive response with additional time being afforded for making corrections or repairs to our facilities.
One last note, I have always been a strong advocate of Training. Especially when it comes to Emergency or Critical Incidents. In this endeavor, I worked with over ten area Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire Departments and EMS providers to facilitate a Special Needs Designated School Bus Crash. This full scale exercise brought out hundreds of persons to participate, observe and learn, from all across the southeast Texas region.
Most importantly of this project was, the student participants had to study their assigned designation, wound or injuries and complete a multi page report on those components for a Major Grade within their Skills Class. To bring about a learning component for our High School Student Participants coupled with the specific increase of knowledge about Special Needs persons in our society, was truly rewarding for me.
As the Chief of Police for Splendora ISD I was tasked with taking over a Department which was in a very difficult circumstance. I immediately found I needed to work the local County and State authorities to ensure multiple components of the Department were brought up to state standard.
Once these series of tasks were completed, I was able to field numerous applicants for Police Officer positions, throughout the District. And, in doing so I had the direct involvement of the campus principals which, led to the coupling of matching personalities to the various campus cultures, resulting in a very positive experience.
I implemented numerous programs including the issuance of Body Cameras to each Officer, Body Armor and other equipment for each Officer to ensure the professional, ethical and dedicated employees of the District were served at the highest levels by our Police Department.
I initiated outreach with all our area First Responder Agencies and their respective Department Heads. Working with these professionals led to a strong and positive approach to helping our students, parents, teachers and staff feel safer on our campuses and all athletic and special events.
I sought out an received multiple grants for equipment, tools and a Narcotics Detection K-9 who, was also specially trained to work with Special Needs Children.
While I am very proud of many of the positive changes I was able to effect at Splendora ISD, the K-9 was perhaps the most rewarding. To witness the light in the children's eyes while our K-9 and Handler sat on the floors of one classroom after another, was heartwarming to say the least.
As this was my first Chief of Police position, I brought my experience as a Captain of Field Operations at the Sheriff's Office to the forefront. My prior work ethic and contact with area First Responder Leadership and Community Leaders, served me well during this time.
I was able to build a modern, ethical, professional, courteous Police Department from what was, an empty building on my first day. I was able to seek out and hire talented people who genuinely wanted to make Cleveland ISD a safer District for children, parents, teachers and staff.
Working with so many community leaders, local ministerial alliances proved to be significantly important when, in the course of some very difficult times, cases and investigations, their support of our efforts was, invaluable.
I obtained numerous outside funding grants for body cameras, radios, body armor and other equipment for our Officers to enhance their ability to provide the best quality of School Based Law Enforcement possible for our community.
During my tenure as the Chief of Police, Cleveland ISD transformed from the small District it once was to, the fastest growing school district in the State of Texas, several years in a row. Those challenges brought about by such rapid and large growth, while difficult at times, proved to be invaluable experience for me with relation to problem solving, working with people of many cultures and backgrounds and above all, always placing the needs and concerns of our students, first.
In my role as Captain at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, I was placed in charge of Field Operations Command. Thus, I oversaw all Patrol, Investigations, IAD Investigations, Fleet and Communications Divisions.
Working with my front line supervisors, I established a modern, up to date and standardized policy and procedures manual for the Department. I was able to facilitate the largest purchase of new police vehicles for the Department at one time by, working with our County Judge, Commissioners and Budgeting Department.
I also brought about the first Body Worn Cameras to our County. I believed in this technology so much, I sought out grant funding to purchase said cameras for the initial pilot. Keeping in mind in 2010, body cameras were absolutely not the "norm" and I am proud of the fact I was able to be a small part of the over all push for this technology in our profession.
Working with numerous First Responder Agency Leaders throughout the entire county, taught me a great deal of patience, professionalism and of course, the art of compromise. Not every problem results in a "Win" for you or your organization however, so long the greater good is accomplished for the safety and protection of the citizens we serve, became my top objective in every decision I made.
My hardest of times as a Captain was the loss of a Deputy under my Command, in the Line of Duty. Dealing with a grieving family, the members of the department and the entire community, coupled with the media attention brought to bear, this was a very difficult time. However, I was able to take away many lessons in dealing with multiple people at one time who, were all under a great deal of grief and duress.
2019 100 Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year-Lifesaving Award.
2019 National American Red Cross-Lifesaving Award.
I was nominated, selected and awarded these prestigious awards for providing CPR to an infant who, was unconscious and unresponsive one morning in an intersection near one of our Splendora Elementary Schools. The infant did survive this incident and continues to grow. Certainly one of the single most profound moments of my life, not just my career.
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