Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Oct. 3 the new chief of school safety and security for the Texas Education Agency. The governor asked the TEA to create the position in June, following the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

John P. Scott, a former U.S. Secret Service Agent, will be the TEA’s first school safety chief. In his new role, Scott will work with school districts, the Texas Legislature and state organizations to “ensure schools are using best practices to safeguard against school shootings or other dangers,” according to a news release.

Scott has worked for the Secret Service for over 22 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. Beginning in 2018, Scott helped lead the investigations team at the Dallas field office. He has also served in Washington, D.C., and Houston.

Abbott instructed the TEA to create the new position on June 9, just over two weeks after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The school safety chief will be a “recognized expert on school security and public safety issues,” according to a letter Abbott sent to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath.

Scott will report directly to Morath and communicate frequently with the governor, according to the release.

Scott’s “wealth of experience in security and intelligence” makes him a great fit for the role, Abbott said in the release.

On June 28, state leaders announced $100.5 million in funding for school safety and mental health programs across Texas, including $5 million for mental health services in Uvalde. State lawmakers are also expected to focus on these issues during the 88th legislative session, which begins in January.