******Source-Cityofkyel.com, Rachel Sonnier, released March 22, 2023
Recently approved Meet and Confer Agreement paved the way for historic restructuring of department’s command structure
KYLE, TEXAS — The Kyle Police Department announced an historic restructuring and upgrades to its command structure in a special ceremony before the City of Kyle Council meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at Kyle City Hall.
These promotions come on the heels of recent assessment testing alongside reorganization efforts outlined in the most recently approved Meet and Confer Agreement.
“The Kyle Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of these officers,” Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said. “Their hard work and desire to advance reflects not only their commitment to the Kyle Police Department and our mission, but their commitment to serving our community.”
The promotions include the addition of three Corporals, four Sergeants and two Commanders. The titles of Commander and Corporal were created as part of the new Meet and Confer Agreement Council approved last year in order to grow the leadership structure within the Kyle Police Department.
“Last summer, council worked to pass a new Meet and Confer Agreement to create an expanded leadership structure in our police department as well as provide avenues of growth for our dedicated police officers,” Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell said. “We are now seeing that agreement put into action. I applaud the Kyle Police Department and the officers promoted for their continued commitment to our community.”
The promotions are listed as follows:
- Colby Bryant
- Tera Mayfield
- Anthony Guzman
- Matthew Michaelson
- Keith Congdon
- Philip Cleary
- Joseph Swonke
- Jonathan Akers
- James Jones
All officers promoted first had to pass a written exam, go through the Assessment Center process and then were scored on a promotional points matrix. The matrix consists of five categories including Fitness Test scores, Weapons qualifications scores, Peace Officer Education, Civilian Education, and Years of service.
“When I started here almost 27 years ago, we didn’t even have 9 officers and here we are pinning 9 today. Our department has become a choice agency, and it is because of the work that y’all do and the way you represent our agency and now you have stepped into a position that is only going to propel us further and to be one of the best agencies in Central Texas,” Kyle Police Department Assistant Chief Pedro Hernandez said speaking to the newly promoted officers.