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GALVESTON, Texas – Sept. 9, 2022 – Galveston ISD recently welcomed Josette Rivas as the district’s new chief of police.

Rivas joins the GISD team with more than 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge in public school district safety.

While employed by the Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, Rivas served Clear Creek ISD as a deputy campus officer and supervisor for 12 years. She later served as commander over Clear Creek ISD, Dickinson ISD, Texas City and Odyssey Academy.

Rivas has personal ties to the island and the district.

“I was born and raised in Galveston, and I still attend church and have family here,” Rivas said. “I am a proud graduate of Ball High, and this gives me a strong understanding of the environment and the community. I would like to relish the opportunity to give something back to this community and help to encourage and support the generation of young people growing up in this area.”

In addition to Rivas’ experience, she also brings to the role a continuing legacy: She was the first female African American captain at the Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, and she is now the first female African American police chief in Galveston County.

“My vision is to create and maintain a safe, secure and nurturing environment for our students and staff, and to serve the greater needs of the community by working in partnership with our schools and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies,” Rivas added.

Rivas is married and has siblings and other family members in Galveston. She has one child – an adult son who works as a registered nurse at UTMB Galveston's intensive care unit. 



Photo cutline: Galveston ISD Chief of Police Josette Rivas is pictured with the GISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson after being sworn in during the finance committee meeting on Aug. 2.