The Anna Independent School District board of trustees swore in the district’s first ever police chief at its meeting on April 20. The school district formed the Anna ISD Police Department over the past year and selected George White to fill the role of police chief for the district.

“I felt it an honor and a privilege to swear in our first ever chief of police,” Board President Shelli Conway said. “Chief White served our district for a number of years as the school resource officer and has an amazing relationship with our staff, parents, and most importantly, our students.”

George White was a deputy for the Collin County Sheriff’s Office for more than 16 years. White joined the Anna school district in October of 2016 as the director of security. He said more school districts are forming police departments. A few schools such as Celina and Melissa have plans in motion to start school district police departments within the next school year. The bigger school districts such as Houston and Dallas already have police departments implemented.

White said after contracting with the Collin County Sheriff’s Department and the Anna Police Department, Anna ISD wanted to go in a different direction with the focus on building relationships with the parents and students. Officers will focus on educating students about drug awareness, bullying and a wide range of topics presented in assemblies. Officers will also keep parents updated on current trends among students and many other things.

White said he is ready for the opportunity to serve Anna ISD.

“I am proud to be Anna ISD’s first police chief,” White said. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the community that I love. My goal is to ensure that Anna ISD has the safest schools in the state of Texas as well as in the nation.”

Conway said she is confident Anna ISD found the right candidate to serve as police chief.

“As we created the Anna ISD Police Department, we looked for someone who would serve us well and always have our children’s well-being as top priority,” Conway said. “George White definitely fits this description well.”

Even though the new chief of police was a big deal, the school board had other items on the agenda as well. The school board voted and passed to change the date of the June meeting to June 8. The school board also approved the purchase of three maintenance department vehicles and two school buses.