West Rusk CCISD creates police department, names chief
POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:04am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:04am
West Rusk, TX (KETK) — On Tuesday night, West Rusk CCISD approved the creation of a police department for their school district.
Board members also named the chief of the newly developed department: New London Police Chief Paul Thompson.
West Rusk CCISD Superintendent Tommy Alexander says that Thompson's "professionalism and passion for his job and this entire community, especially this school district, was literally overwhelming."
Alexander approached Thompson more than 10 months before Tuesday night's meeting to discuss school safety and security, after which Alexander believed that the entire school family and community would support the district forming it's own police department.
"[Thompson's] qualifications, overall experience in criminal justice, and many awards and recognitions received make him an impeccable choice for this very important position," Alexander said.
Thompson accepted the recommendation as police chief and Thursday's special meeting was called.
Thompson will begin working in his new position on March 4th.
Thompson has more than 20 years of public safety experience, and 6 years of experience as a Municipal Police Chief.
He is also the President of the East Texas Police Chief's Association.
He is featured, along with others, in the Gregg County Historical Museum Education Center's February exhibit entitled "African Americans in Public Service".
His family has been in the New London area for more than 120 years. He was a student of West Rusk, and all three of his children are graduates from the district.
“I have a vested interest in the success of this school district, our community, and every student that we educate," Thompson said. "The education of our children is one of the greatest investments we will ever make. I desire to help promote a safe environment for our students and the school district.”