Angelina College Police Academy Graduates Three New Cadets

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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.

Class 109 Endured Numerous Challenges in Earning Certifications

As if the rigors of the Angelina College Law Enforcement Academy alone weren’t enough, the recent group of cadets endured several starts and stops along their journey.

In a night class that started with 13 cadets, Class 109 finished the certification program with three graduates. Those men – Cedric E. Knighton, Chad A. Murray and Bailey S. Muschweck – received their well-earned recognition in a ceremony held on the Angelina College campus last week.

AC Police Chief Doug Conn, “We started this class back in May, and we dealt with COVID-related interruptions along the way. These men were in class or training nearly every night of the week and pretty much every weekend.”

“We have tested them physically and psychologically, and they’ve shown real tenacity in completing the 750 required hours. They’re the cream of the crop.”

Training manager Lt. Jack Stephenson noted how a night academy presents its own challenges considering the other responsibilities cadets have during the day.

“These men proved their dedication to this profession just in how determined they were to complete their training schedule,” Stephenson said. “Yet they endured, so this is their night, and this is their accomplishment.”

Murray, a Lufkin natives, also earned the Top Gun Award. Muschweck, from LaPorte, was named Best Driver; and Knighton, from Livingston, was the class valedictorian.

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.

Academy staff members include Doug Conn, Chief of Police; Lt. Randy Holland, Training Manager; Officer Jack Stephenson, Training Manager; and Kim Capps, Administrative Assistant. For information on the AC Police Academy, email policeacademy@angelina.edu.

For other inquiries regarding Angelina College, contact Krista Brown at kbrown@angelina.edu.

Pictured: (L-R) AC Police Chief Doug Conn, Bailey Muschweck, Chad Murray, Cedric Knighton and Academy Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson. (Gary Stallard/AC News Service photo)

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