Wayne Isbell was sworn in as the 8th Police Chief for the City of Mount Pleasant Texas on May 1st, 2012. The Mount Pleasant Police Department services a diverse population of 17,000 residents. Mount Pleasant is 20 square miles in size and is represented as a minority-majority community. The department provides law enforcement services to a regional commuter population of over 88,000 on a daily basis. The department is supported by 33 sworn officers, 13 civilian staff members. Animal Services is also under the police department and supported with 4 employees and numerous volunteers. Through compliance with best practice standards, the agency is a Recognized member of the Texas Police Chief's Association Recognition Program.
Chief Isbell has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), holds a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification, is a licensed State Instructor, and has studied criminal justice abroad with the International Police Program (IPP) in Poland in 2009, 2011 and China in 2014.
Chief Isbell previously worked as a commander with the CALEA Tri-Arc Accredited Arlington Texas Police Department. He was a member of the Arlington Police Department from 1988-2012 serving just under 24 years. Prior experience includes being a Commander over Patrol, City Jail, Warrant Unit, Court Security and Bailiffs, Personnel, Recruiting, In-service Training, Academy Training, and supervising several criminal investigations units. In addition, Chief Isbell served from 2008 to 2014 as a Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) located in Gainesville, Virginia.
Chief Isbell assists with the Texas Police Chief's Recognition Program as a Lead Assessor supporting Texas law enforcement professional standards and accreditation programs, serves as the Texas Police Chief Association Region 15 Director, is a Past President and Board Member for East Texas Police Chiefs Association, Board Member for Community In Schools of Northeast Texas, Past Academic Chair for the Northeast Texas Regional Police Academy, Board member for the East Texas Police Academy, Executive Board Member for First Responders Respond Foundation, Board Member for Mount Pleasant Lions International, and assists with national and international executive law enforcement assessments.
Chief Isbell is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Texas Police Chief Association, East Texas Police Chief Association, Texas Police Association, Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and is involved with numerous civic activities within the community promoting enhanced community relations between law enforcement and the public we serve. Chief Isbell is the founder and Past President of the East Texas 100 Club. The East Texas 100 Club is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) community-based organization. The Club provides financial support to the dependents of public safety officials who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty in 20 counties in East Texas. The foundation also provides equipment and educational opportunities for law enforcement that cannot be secured through budgeted governmental funds.