City of Hutto promotes police chief, assistant chief

Hutto Assistant City Manager Byron Frankland flanked by City Manager Odis Jones.

Hutto Assistant City Manager Byron Frankland flanked by City Manager Odis Jones.

Hutto Police Chief Byron Frankland was promoted to assistant city manager, while assistant police chief Paul Hall was promoted to chief, the city of Hutto announced Thursday night.
"Byron Frankland has done a tremendous job growing the police department and taking it to the next level," Hutto City Manager Odis Jones said in a release. "He 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 [the] future he will help mold as the city continues to grow."
Frankland restructured the police department when he came to Hutto from Galveston, where he spent more than two decades. The department has three distinct divisions, according to the release, with a criminal investigation unit, street crimes and narcotics unit, and speed enforcement unit added to the department. The city was named the second safest city in Texas by the Home Security Advisor under Frankland's nearly two-year leadership in Hutto.
"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.
Hall has 22 years of law enforcement experience, according to the city. He has served city, county, state and federal agencies in his career, with the last two at Hutto as assistant chief.
"Paul will continue to improve on an already exceptional police department," Jones said in the release. "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."
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is managing editor of the nine Austin-Central Texas editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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