The Fort Stockton Police Department has hired their new Chief of Police.
Ryan A. Skelton of Alpine was sworn in as FS Police Chief on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in order to begin his work as soon as possible.
Skelton began his law enforcement journey at Sul Ross State University.
“I attained enough college credits to attend the SRSU Law Enforcement Academy in the summer of 1997, graduating ‘Most Liked’,” Skelton said. “I was hired as a Reserve Police Officer for the Alpine Police Department. After only a few weeks, I was offered my first full-time police officer position. I now have 20 years plus as a law enforcement officer and almost 15 years as Chief Deputy.”
Regarding his experience, Skelton continued to say he was responsible for administration in the Sheriff’s Office.
“The Sheriff’s Office consists of 15 deputies, a 55-bed jail facility and the county law enforcement and emergency services dispatch,” Skelton said. “Early on, my assignments also included investigating all major crimes and incidents. In 2013, I was able to graduate with my Bachelor’s from Sul Ross and started working on graduate classes.”
Skelton said he is familiar with Fort Stockton and the area, but doesn’t know much about the police department. He is, however, optimistic about the transition.
“I was born and raised in Alpine, which makes Fort Stockton our neighbor all my life,” Skelton said. “I don’t know much about the FS Police Department. Since starting this process, I have been meeting with local business people, citizens and community leaders and have learned what their opinions are of the department. I feel like the department has lots of very qualified, professional hard-working folks and my hope is to build more on this.”
According to Skelton, he feels the community and its leaders are fantastic and he is very happy to work for and with such great people.
“I will work very hard to make you proud and I will work hard to build on those goals and positive intentions that the prior police department administrators had begun,” concluded Skelton.