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Waco ISD announces new Chief of Police

WACO, TEXAS (June 14, 2024) -- With nearly two decades of law enforcement experience, Craig U. Goodman will be the next Waco ISD Chief of Police effective Monday, June 17, 2024. 


Goodman worked most recently as the Deputy Chief of Police in the University of Texas system at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches for the past five years and served as the City of Brenham Chief of Police for three years. He also worked for more than 25 years in the Pasadena Police Department in a variety of command positions including patrol, criminal investigation, and training and community services. 

“I am both humbled and excited to have been selected to lead the Waco ISD’s Police Department and am grateful for the opportunity to serve its students, teachers, staff, and citizens,” Goodman said. “Having worked in various law enforcement roles throughout my career, from front-line officer to supervisor and in senior leadership, I am confident that we can work together to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for our most precious resources, the students of Waco ISD. 

“My objective is to build upon the department’s past successes and to work to improve those areas where changes are needed. I will work diligently with our law enforcement and security personnel, along with area first responder agencies, to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all who call Waco home.”

After an extensive search led by the Texas Police Chiefs Association resulted in dozens of qualified applicants, Goodman’s experience in all aspects of policing made him an ideal candidate for the position, said WISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. 


“Because we work closely with local law enforcement, his work in community policing is invaluable,” Kincannon said. “He comes highly recommended and is up to the task.” 


Goodman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia as well as the Pasadena and the Alvin Police Academies. He holds multiple certifications and licenses in a variety of policing practices including Police Patrol and Narcotic Detector Dog Handling, Public Safety Cyclist, and the Parent Officer Training Course in Drug Abuse Resistance Education. 


A native Texan, Goodman was raised in Houston in a large family headed by two educators, each of whom is a namesake for a public school. His wife is a first-grade teacher. Together, they have four children and two grandchildren. 


Goodman replaces Waco Interim Police Chief Stewart Russell who has served in the role since former police chief, David Williams, relocated to the North Texas area where his spouse and children reside.


The Waco ISD Police Department employs nearly 50 staff members, including police officers,

peace officers, security guards, crosswalk guards, and one K-9 officer.