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AISD appoints new police chief

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Katy McElroy

The Austin Independent School District has a new police chief. After an exhaustive hiring process that drew candidates from across the nation for multiple interviews and screenings, Ashley Gonzalez was appointed to the position at Monday’s meeting of the board of trustees. His first day on the job will be Thursday, May 24. “Based on his expertise, years of experience and accomplishments, Ashley Gonzalez’s name stood out among the candidates. Particularly, his ability to lead a department, his extensive training in school safety and his reputation as being trustworthy and transparent brought him to the forefront,” Superintendent Paul Cruz said. “We wanted to ensure we had the best person for the job and the best fit for Austin ISD.” Gonzalez was previously deputy chief of police of Norwalk, Connecticut, where he oversaw a $24 million budget. Before he was chief of police, he served as patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant at the Norwalk Police Department. His achievements throughout his career, such as expanding the School Resource Officer program and handling a program that resulted in reduced juvenile recidivism called the Greater Norwalk Juvenile Review Board, demonstrate his focus on serving the youth in his community. He has an associate degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and he is currently working on a master’s in criminal justice.

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