The Argyle Independent School District on Tuesday announced the hiring of Paul Cairney as the new District Police Chief. Cairney had been filling in as the Interim Police Chief since last October.
Cairney is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having served in the United States Air Force for more than two decades.
“Paul Cairney is the perfect fit to serve as the Argyle ISD Police Chief,” said Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright. “With his leadership of security forces in the United States Air Force and his superior service as our Interim Police Chief, he has more than proven himself as the right man for the job.”
“Because of his military service, Chief Cairney brings a unique and valuable perspective as our Police Chief,” added Eric Fields, Argyle ISD School Board President. “Our students will benefit greatly from having this accomplished mentor walking the hallways of our schools.”
Paul Cairney’s extensive military service includes overseeing security forces at more than ten Air Force bases both in the United States and overseas. During his service, he worked closely with Department of Defense (DoD) schools to improve safety in their classrooms, and he helped develop training for active shooter scenarios on DoD school campuses. Chief Cairney also helped develop programs to combat drug use among DoD students.
“I have enjoyed serving the teachers, students and parents of Argyle ISD over the past seven months,” said Chief Cairney. “My priority will be making sure our schools are safe from violence or conflict so our students can focus on continued success in the classroom and maintain our community’s tradition of academic excellence.”