A History of Round Rock Police Chiefs
From the early years to current times, every Police Chief of the Round Rock Police Department has played a pivotal role in the making of the highly skilled police force you see before you today. Each of these Police Chiefs has contributed to the safety and welfare of our surrounding community. Their contributions of public service through protecting citizens and property from criminal activity continue each day.
Tim Ryle, 2011 - 2014
Chief Tim Ryle was a member of the Round Rock Police Department for 31 years. He joined the Department in 1983 after working at the Luling Police Department. He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant with Round Rock P.D. within two years. Subsequently, he became a lieutenant over Narcotics and SWAT. Prior to being named Assistant Chief in 2007, he was Patrol Captain. Ryle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University.
He is a graduate of the Command College at Sam Houston State University and holds a Master Peace Officer’s certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. In 2004, he received the City of Round Rock’s first Exemplary Leadership Citation. A native Texan, Ryle is a third-generation police officer.
Former Police Chief Tim Ryle
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Bryan Williams, 2004 - 2011
Chief Williams started as Round Rock Police Chief in May 2004, following a 19-year career in McKinney, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from LeTourneau University. Williams began his career in McKinney as a patrol officer in 1985 after serving four years in the U.S. Army.
Former Police Chief Bryan Williams
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Paul Conner, 1999 - 2004
A Colorado native, Chief Paul Conner came to Round Rock from Las Vegas, Nevada where he was the Deputy Chief. He served within the Metro Police Department for 27 years. He transformed community-policing to a departmental objective. In March of 2000, Conner was responsible for the change from gray officer uniforms to a new blue officer uniform. He changed the culture of the Department and made a smooth transition to the 21st century introducing the use of computers and Mobile Computing Terminals (MCT’s). In October 1999, a new logo for police vehicles was also implemented. He divided the city into individual sectors to better manage the public safety goals of the Department. Chief Conner was instrumental in bringing the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation to the Department and the formation of an Internal Affairs Division.
Former Police Chief Paul Conner
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Joanne Land, 1998 - 1999
Born in Georgetown, Texas and educated in Georgetown Schools, Interim Police Chief Joanne Land attended Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos. In 1966, she began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin and remained with DPS until 1969. In 1970, Chief Land began her career with the City of Round Rock where she remained a loyal, dedicated public servant for 32 years. The last 14 years of her career she served as Assistant City Manager. She served as Interim Police Chief during a time of turmoil and unrest in the police department. Other positions held were City Secretary and Tax Assessor-Collector. She received the first Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. The only such title ever bestowed on a City employee. She is an avid community volunteer remaining active in local schools and with charity organizations.
Former Police Chief Joanne Land
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Raymond Kuhlmann, 1995-1998
Originally joining the Department in 1980 as a patrol officer, Chief Raymond Kuhlmann became Assistant Police Chief in 1986. Prior to working for Round Rock Police Department, he worked for a year with Lakeway Police Department followed by 8 years at the Fredericksburg PD where he was Assistant Police Chief. During his time of service at the Department Kuhlmann implemented the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Program and The National Association of Triads.
Former Police Chief Raymond Kuhlmann
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Wes Wolff, 1982-1995
Chief Wes Wolff served the longest period of time as Police Chief. He started at the Round Rock Police Department in 1977 as a sergeant. Two years later, he was promoted to lieutenant. He began his law enforcement career in Pflugerville, his hometown, in 1970. In 1972 he worked as a constable in Travis County. Wolff was an Air Force veteran, retiring from duty in 1968 after 20 years of service. During Wolff's tenure as Police Chief, he implemented a Crime Prevention Unit, D.A.R.E. Program, K-9 Unit and a community-policing program. He served on the Williamson County Crisis Center Board, and was a member of the Texas Association of Police Chiefs, Sertoma Club and Evening Kiwanis.
Former Police Chief Wes Wolff
Gene Collier, 1977-1982
Chief Gene Collier was born in Austin, and attended Manor and Pflugerville schools. Throughout his law enforcement career, he served as Constable of Precinct 2 in Travis County and later served as Chief of Police in Round Rock. In 1964-1969, he was a Deputy Sheriff in Travis County. In 1969, he was elected Travis County Constable. In 1977, he became a Deputy Sheriff in the Williamson County Sheriff’s office.
Former Police Chief Gene Collier