Hutto, Texas, (April 25, 2019) — Former City of Hutto Police Chief Byron Frankland was promoted to Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Safety where he will assist the City Manager with overall governance by providing strategic guidance and leadership for the public safety, regulatory compliance and public works functions of the City.

“Byron Frankland has done a tremendous job growing the police department and taking it to the next level,” Hutto City Manager Odis Jones said. “He has made the city safer, which our residents respect and appreciate. He will bring a valuable skillset to our executive team and I’m looking forward to future he will help mold as the city continues to grow.”

During Frankland's tenure as chief, the department grew, which led to the city being named the 2nd Safest City in Texas by the Home Security Advisor. The department was restructured into three distinct divisions, and added a criminal investigation unit, street crimes and narcotics unit, speed enforcement unit and two new K9 officers. Under Frankland’s leadership, the police department has reduced burglaries by 54% and reduced the number of criminal mischief incidents by more than 60% over previous years.

“Our residents want a safe community and our police department is focused on providing that,” Frankland said. “Our command staff and officers have been instrumental in growing and building what we are doing here.”

Additionally, Assistant Chief of Police Paul Hall was promoted to police chief. Hall has 22 years of experience in law enforcement; including city, county, state and federal agencies and joined the Hutto Police Department in 2017, where he served as assistant chief under Frankland.

"Paul will continue to improve on an already exceptional police department," said Jones. "He has done great work getting our undercover unit going and will keep the momentum of excellence while continuing to implement our community police modality.”

These promotions continue the City Manager’s policy of developing leaders and deepening the pool of talent within the city.

“Our law enforcement is the very best and makes our community stronger and safety," said Mayor Doug Gaul. “Tonight’s promotion ceremony is an example of the service and sacrifice of our police officers.”