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City of Waco announces four candidates for Chief of Police position

Waco Police Chief Candidates
Posted at 3:51 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:47:45-05

WACO, TX — The City of Waco has announced four candidates for the Chief of Police position.

The finalists include Jaime Ayala, Joe Chacon, Chris Jones and Sheryl Victorian.

Ayala has spent 31 years with the Arlington Police Department. He has served as assistant chief since 2011. He has a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ayala graduated from both the FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive.

Chacon has been the assistant chief of the Austin Police Department since 2016. He has been with the department since 1998. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Midwestern State University.

Jones has been assistant sheriff with the Las Vegas Municipal Police Department since February 2020. Prior to that, he had served as deputy chief since 2016. He started with the department in 1993. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Victorian is assistant chief of the Houston Police Department, serving in that role since October 2017. She began her career with the HPD in 1993. She has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration of Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Public Affairs, both from Texas Southern University, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Downtown. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

The four were selected from 43 applications from candidates in 17 states.

Next, the finalists will meet with the Community Stakeholder panel and participate in a formal interview with the City Executive team. This step will take place during the last two weeks of January.