May 1, 2017
May 1, 2017—Eric Mendez, the chief of police for Austin ISD, was announced as the incoming chief of police for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD on May 1. Mendez replaces Chief Alan Bragg, who will retire after a 45-year law enforcement career in June.
“Chief Mendez was selected from a strong pool of applicants. Given his extensive experience and leadership in school district law enforcement, we are fortunate to have him join the CFISD family,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools.
Chief Mendez has 27 years of law enforcement experience. He has served on the Austin ISD police force since 1999, including the last five years as chief of police. Prior roles with the school district included school resource officer/patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant/bureau commander, interim chief of police and captain/assistant chief. Before Austin ISD, Mendez served nine years with the Kingsville Police Department as a patrolman/field training officer, corporal and sergeant/field training coordinator.
Mendez earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and his Master of Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership from Sam Houston State University. He also completed Leadership Command College at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State.
“This is a great opportunity, not just professionally but also personally,” said Chief Mendez, whose mother, brother and sister-in-law reside in CFISD. “I look forward to the professional challenges and growth I am going to have there, and to be close to family again.
“I feel that my time in a large district like Austin ISD has given me the opportunity to learn and grow and take on this new challenge in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. It is definitely a plus to join a department where positive relationships exist with the surrounding community. My goal will be not just to maintain those, but to cultivate even stronger ties. We want to help students grow and be successful, not just during their time in Cy-Fair but as they graduate and move on to higher education or the workforce.”
Chief Mendez anticipates starting in CFISD the week of June 19.