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Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

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Gerald Williamson
Director of Public Safety

Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson began his law enforcement career in Polk County, Texas in 1984, serving as a reserve deputy for Polk County Sheriff’s Office and a reserve officer for Livingston Police Department. He graduated from the University of Houston Police Academy in 1986 and served two years as a police officer in the Greater Houston area.

In August 1987, Williamson moved to Lufkin and began his service to the citizens of Lufkin as an officer for the Lufkin Police Department. He served in Lufkin PD’s Patrol, Narcotics, Criminal Investigations, and Support Services sections until August 2009, when he was appointed Assistant Police Chief of Police. He became Chief of Police in 2014 and was named Director of Public Safety in June of 2018.

Williamson holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and has over 4,400 hours of law enforcement and management training. His law enforcement and management training were completed at Texas A&M in College Station and Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, and through the International Association of Chiefs of Police; his certifications include that of Texas Certified Public Manager and IACP Leadership in Police Organizations.

Assistant Police Chief Thomas

David Thomas
Chief of Police

Chief of Police David Thomas began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a Patrolman for Lufkin Police Department. He attended Southwest Texas State University and graduated from the East Texas Police Academy.

During his 26 years of service to the citizens of Lufkin, Chief Thomas held positions in Lufkin PD’s Patrol, Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, and Special Services sections. His assignment to multiple sections of the Department provided him a wide knowledge base concerning all aspects of departmental operations. He served four years as Assistant Chief of Police before being named Chief of Police in June of 2018. He previously served in Lufkin PD's Special Services Section where he was Sergeant, Range Master, and Special Response Team Commander.

Chief Thomas holds numerous certifications through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, including Master Peace Officer and Advanced Instructor, and has completed more than 4,000 hours of law enforcement training.

In addition to Chief Thomas's duties for Lufkin PD, he is an Adjunct Instructor through Texas State University where he teaches Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training to officers around the country.

He and his wife, Crystal, have two boys, Garrett and Garrison.

J.B. Smith
Policy Manager, Lufkin Police Department Executive Director, Crime Stoppers of Lufkin
(936) 639-8477 – Anonymous Tips
(936) 630-0504 – Office

Detective Smith began his law enforcement career and service to the citizens of Lufkin January 1995 and currently serves as Lufkin Police Department’s Policy Manager and as Executive Director for Crime Stoppers of Lufkin, Inc. During his years with Lufkin Police Department, Detective Smith has served as Patrol Officer, Community Policing Officer, Crime Prevention Specialist, Training Coordinator/Instructor, Public Information Officer, and Detective and has achieved numerous certifications, including; Master Peace Officer, Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and Inspector, Crisis Negotiator, Advanced Law Enforcement Instructor, Mental Health Officer, and Texas Certified Public Manager.

Detective Smith’s Crime Prevention Inspector certification and experience as Community Policing Officer led him to being the originator of the Texans Against Crime program, a statewide police-community crime prevention program. October 2015, Governor Abbott appointed Detective Smith to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council and he is the lead connection for Crime Stoppers of Lufkin and Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers.
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Jessica Pebsworth
Public Relations Specialist
(936) 633-0321

Media Specialist Jessica Pebsworth began her communications career as the The Lufkin News’ crime reporter in 2009. After spending six years at The Lufkin News, she joined the department’s administrative team in June 2015. She is the first civilian to hold the role previously titled “public information officer.”

Jessica Pebsworth graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and minor in anthropology. After college she spent two years working in Houston and Dallas in human resources recruiting before returning home to her first love of journalism.

She oversees the department’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, along with producing the daily media report. Jessica Pebsworth also handles the department’s open records requests under the guidelines of the Public Information Act.

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