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Yarbrough named Bastrop ISD Chief of Police

In November of 2015, Bastrop ISD Superintendent Steve Murray swore in a former chief of police and former Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy as the new Chief of Operations/Chief of Police for the district.

Jeffrey Yarbrough, who comes to the district from the Travis County District Attorney’s office, took an oath symbolizing his commitment to protect the well-being and safety of Bastrop ISD students, staff and members of the community.

“I’m very excited to be back in this area – Bastrop is home for me,” Yarbrough said. “I’m looking forward to all the great things we will be doing.”

Yarbrough will oversee district safety, security and operations. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. Yarbrough served as chief of police and assistant city manager for the City of Tulia. He also served as an investigator in the Bastrop Sheriff’s Department, captain with Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and patrolman with the Giddings Police Department. He has over 18 years of specialized investigative experience, serving as senior investigator for the State Bar of Texas and sergeant with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Yarbrough has more than 6,800 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours and holds his Master Peace Officer Certification. He has completed FEMA Incident Command and National Incident Management training and is a trained hostage negotiator.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Yarbrough served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Yarbrough graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University at College Station. He is also pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University. Yarbrough has attended Certified Public Manager training and holds certificates in senior management leadership from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, IL. and law enforcement leadership from Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC.

Yarbrough has served on the Bastrop ISD Diversity committee, the City of Elgin Planning and Zoning committee, and the Swisher County Salvation Army Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and the High Plains Police Chief Association.

“Jeff is very familiar with Bastrop, Bastrop ISD and Bastrop County. He comes our way very highly recommend by many state, county and local leaders,” Murray said. “We look forward to him joining the Bastrop ISD family and having him here serving the students and staff of BISD.”

In an effort to increase safety and security options within the district, BISD took the first step to starting its own police department by submitting the required paperwork to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) July 15. In August, the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Memorandums of Understanding with the City of Bastrop Police Department (BPD) and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The agreements provide for dispatch services, mutual aid and shared responsibilities between the three departments.

For more information, contact Emily Parks at (512) 772-7100 or by email at