New chief of SWTJC police department named

New chief of SWTJC police department named

On Monday (Jan. 28), Southwest Texas Junior College Vice President of Administrative Services Derek Sandoval announced the hiring of Johnny Joe Field as the new chief of police for the college.

The announcement comes after a month-long search for new chief following the retirement of the previous chief of police, Robert Doucet who retired after 23 years of service at SWTJC.

Field’s education includes an A.A.S. in Law Enforcement from Southwest Texas Junior College, Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), TCOLE instructor since 2003 and is a 2000 graduate of the SWTJC Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy.

“Johnny brings a wealth of experience and has expressed to us how important the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is to him,” said Sandoval. “I look forward to working with him; I am confident that the transition from the previous chief to the new chief will be seamless.”

Field has been a full-time instructor for the SWTJC Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy since 2016 and is currently a Uvalde County Constable for Precinct 1.

“I’m excited and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the chief of police for SWTJC,” said Field. “We want to continue to build on the good things that have been done concerning the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty.”

The college chief of police oversees the security of all SWTJC campuses and sites.