There's a new chief in town, but he's not completely new.
Ralph R. Disher III has been named as the next chief of the Killeen Independent School District's police department. He has been with KISD as a professional standards investigator since November 2016, and investigated cases involving misconduct and complaints surrounding equal opportunity and civil rights.
Before that, Disher joined KISD as a criminal justice teacher in August 2015 after 17 years of leading investigative units for various state agencies, including the Texas State Auditor's Office and the Texas Education Agency.
Disher has 38 years of law enforcement experience. He was a detective sergeant for the Belton Police Department for five years and a patrol officer for the Tyler Police Department, and got his start as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Corrections in 1980.
Disher received his criminal justice degree from the University of Central Texas in Killeen, a predecessor to Texas A&M University-Central Texas. He beat out 51 other candidates in four rounds of interviews for the job.
“Ralph Disher is committed to our number one priority; the safety and security and well-being of every Killeen ISD student and every educator and staff member every day,” Superintendent John Craft said. “Under Chief Disher’s leadership, the already strong safety record of KISD schools will continue to get stronger."