Hutto school dis­trict names po­lice chief

Wil­liam Ed­wards, leav­ing Pflugerville po­lice force, cites ‘great op­por­tu­nity.’

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ni­cole Bar­rios ni­­rios@ac­n­news­pa­

Wil­liam Ed­wards, formerly a lieu­tenant in the Pflugerville Po­lice Depart­ment, will start his new job as Hutto school dis­trict po­lice chief Mon­day.

Ed­wards will of­fi­cially re­tire from the Pflugerville Po­lice Depart­ment on Fri­day to be­gin his new du­ties as the head of the Hutto school dis­trict po­lice force, fill­ing a role be­ing va­cated by chief Rick Stone, who re­tired in June.

“I am very ex­cited to be a mem­ber of the Hippo Na­tion and serve the Hutto com­mu­nity,” Ed­wards said in a news re­lease. “Serv­ing an ISD po­lice depart­ment is much dif­fer­ent from a mu­nic­i­pal depart­ment. We have a chance to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the lives of young peo­ple, and we have an op­por­tu­nity to help re­di­rect kids headed down a wrong path be­fore it’s too late.”

As the first Pflugerville school dis­trict po­lice chief, Ed­wards served in his role for “8 years, 2 months and 21 days” be­fore chang­ing du­ties as a cap­tain at the Pflugerville Po­lice Depart­ment, he said in Au­gust.

Ed­wards joined the Pflugerville po­lice in 1996. He grew the Pflugerville school dis­trict po­lice depart­ment from its in­cep­tion to a 23-per­son depart­ment.

“Serv­ing 20 years is a tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ment and com­mit­ment to Pflugerville,” Pflugerville Po­lice Chief Jes­sica Robledo said in a state­ment. “(Ed­wards) was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the cur­rent PfISD polic­ing model as our first PfISD chief. I thank him for his ser­vice to Pflugerville and know he will serve Hutto well.”

In Au­gust, Ed­ward passed the torch as Pflugerville dis­trict chief to Ja­son Smith, who stayed in the po­si­tion for about six months be­fore be­com­ing a po­lice com­man­der on the force af­ter Robledo re­or­ga­nized the depart­ment.

Lt. Patrick Pether­bridge from the pa­trol di­vi­sion re­placed Smith as Pflugerville dis­trict po­lice chief in the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In late Jan­uary, Ed­wards moved to lieu­tenant over pa­trol af­ter the depart­ment’s re­or­ga­ni­za­tion. Of­fi­cials an­tic­i­pate Ed­wards’ po­si­tion will be filled by an in­ter­nal pro­mo­tion, a Pflugerville po­lice spokes­woman said.

“I have en­joyed my 10 years do­ing po­lice work in a school dis­trict,” Ed­wards said in the re­lease. “Hutto is boom­ing, and this is a great op­por­tu­nity to be part of a school dis­trict that con­tin­ues to dis­tin­guish it­self in both Cen­tral Texas and the state.”

Ed­wards has more than 4,600 law en­force­ment train­ing hours and holds eight pro­fi­ciency cer­tifi­cates with the Texas Com­mis­sion on Law En­force­ment.

“We are thrilled to get a leader the cal­iber of Chief Ed­wards,” Hutto dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Doug Kil­lian said in the re­lease.

“His rep­u­ta­tion in the area is out­stand­ing, and we look for­ward to hav­ing him serve the Hippo Na­tion and our stu­dents and staff.”


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