The West Orange-Cove school board Monday night hired veteran law officer Darryl Hunt to be the district’s first police chief.
Hunt took his oath of office Tuesday morning from Justice of the Peace Herschel Stagner and will start his duties Monday, July 29.
The school board voted last year to create a district-wide police department instead of hiring off-duty officers to work in the schools.
The Bridge City and Vidor school districts have had their own police departments for a number of years.
Hunt has worked 16 years in law enforcement. His experience includes working for the Humble and Beaumont school police departments and he has worked at the Prairie View University police department. In addition, he was a juvenile probation officer.
He holds numerous certifications including Master Peace Officer and a Master’s Certificate in Executive Enforcement Leadership. He also has a Master’s of Arts degree in criminal justice and he is a U.S. Army veteran.