Angelina College Police Academy Graduates 26 Cadets Future LEOs Encouraged to Serve Communities ‘Professionally and Ethically’

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

The Angelina College Police Academy on Monday graduated 26 new cadets in a ceremony inside AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

AC Police Chief Doug Conn addressed Class 107 for their dedication to completing the rigorous course – and reminded them to take the same dedication into their careers in law enforcement.

“Our ceremony may be a virtual one, but graduating a police academy is honorable no matter how you do it,” Conn said. “You’re going to leave here, and you’re going to find your niche in law enforcement. When you do, you follow it as far as you can.

“Anything you can do to serve your community, you do it. It’s important to do your job in a professional and ethical manner. If something seems like it’s wrong, it probably is.”

Angelina College was issued a license to operate a police academy in 12 East Texas counties in September of 1993 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The academy offers basic and in-service training courses at sites throughout Deep East Texas with the assistance of an advisory board which assists in directing the academy.

The graduating cadets of Class 107 included Marcus Bailey (Livingston, TX), Chondra Beaty, Kendall Benfer (Livingston, TX), Victoria Brooks (Livingston, TX), James Copeland (Garrison, TX), Jordan Courtney (Zavalla, TX), Jake Forman (Lufkin, TX), Darien Francis (Houston, TX), Gustavo Garcia (Lufkin, TX), Jonathan Gomez (Huntsville, TX), Korey Kirkpatrick (Livingston, TX), Joseph Lewien (Colmesneil, TX), Adam McDowell (Onalaska, TX), Jared Miller (Rusk, TX), Dustin Montgomery (Livingston, TX), Michael Murff (Crockett, TX), Kimberly Reed (Lovelady, TX), Kasey Ryan (Newton, TX), Jesse Shaver (Jasper, TX), Thomas Smith (Jacksonville, NC), Coty Sterling (Buna, TX), Seth Thompson (Huntsville, TX), Robert Twine (Huntsville, TX), Travis Vaughn (Milam, TX), Zachery White (Lufkin, TX) and Shawn Wood (Jasper, TX).

The class valedictorian was Thomas Smith; the Top Gun and Best Driver awards recipient was Marcus Bailey.

Academy staff members include Doug Conn, Chief of Police; Lt. Jason Burrous, Training Manager; Lt. Randy Holland, Training Manager; Officer Jack Stephenson, Training Specialist; and Kim Capps, Administrative Assistant.

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