Hutto ISD is pleased to announce William Edwards as the district’s new Chief of Police. Edwards, who will officially begin his duties on March 20, comes to the district from Pflugerville ISD and Pflugerville PD. He fills the role of ISD Police Chief after the retirement of Rick Stone last June. The Hutto ISD Police Department has been operating this school year under an interim structure where City of Hutto Police Chief Earl Morrison oversaw both departments.
“I am very excited to be a member of the Hippo Nation and serve the Hutto community,” said Chief Edwards. “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.”
Chief Edwards joined the Pflugerville Police Department in 1996. In 2008 he was selected as the Chief of Police for the newly formed Pflugerville ISD Police Department, a position he held through August of last year. As the agency’s first police chief, Edwards grew the Pflugerville ISD PD from its inception to a 23 person department.
“I have enjoyed my 10 years doing police work in a school district. 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,” said Edwards. “Being next door in Pflugerville, I’ve seen the great things happening in Hutto ISD, and I look forward to working with the outstanding administration and being part of a great team!”
Edwards is a 1996 graduate of the Capitol Area Planning Council Regional Police Academy, class 10. He graduated from Leadership Command College in 2001 after completing the required courses at Texas A&M, Texas Women’s University and Sam Houston State University. Chief Edwards has over 4,600 law enforcement training hours and holds eight proficiency certificates with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy class 245 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration / Organizational Leadership.
“We are thrilled to get a leader the caliber of Chief Edwards,” said Dr. Doug Killian, Hutto ISD Superintendent. “His reputation in the area is outstanding, and we look forward to having him serve the Hippo Nation and our students and staff.”
“I am very thankful to Chief Earl Morrison, the Hutto Police Department and the City of Hutto for working with us during this interim period. We look forward to continued collaboration between the two police departments. Chief Morrison has helped build a bond between the city and district officers, and together they will continue keeping our students, staff and community members safe.”
Currently, the Hutto ISD Police Department has three officers and a Corporal. They also have two Hutto PD officers that will transition back to the city police department.
“The Hutto Police Department and the HISD Police Department will continue to work together through an inter-local agreement for some administrative services and a mutual operation of understanding for operational services. I feel that the addition of the new HISD PD Chief will only solidify our partnership and enhance our relationship,” said Hutto Police Department Chief Morrison.