The search for a new Tarleton State University Police Chief is over.

According to Jerry Graham, vice president of finance and administration, TSU alumni Justin Williams, 35, has recently been named to the top cop post.

Tarleton has been on the hunt for a new chief since Robert Hooper retired after 20 years of service to the university on Oct. 31. Williams' first day on the job will be Dec. 10

Graham said a committee was formed and a national search began in August. The committee narrowed applicants down to three and Graham and others began the interview process. Graham said there were no internal applicants.

“One main thing that really stood out about him was his outgoing personality and wanting to have a more open environment with students, faculty, staff and the community,” Graham said.

Graham said Williams would not be making “household changes.”

“He will be reviewing protocols and procedures and recommending changes in those areas,” Graham said.

Graham said they are also seeking input from a group of three police chiefs “to give a guidance map as far as what we do well and areas where we aren't doing well.”

Williams is currently a lieutenant in the Arlington Police Force and is married with a 20-month-old son.

“We are looking forward to Justin joining the Tarleton family and the Stephenville community as well,” Graham said.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.