The Texas Rangers arrested Riesel school district Police Chief Jeffrey Reid McNair on a warrant charging impersonation of a public servant, KWTX reported.
The small district southeast of Waco hired McNair this summer to be its director of school safety, but by the time school began last week, his licensing with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement had not been completed. By state law, McNair must be licensed to be a peace officer.
A Texas Ranger interviewed McNair on Aug. 22, and the 46-year-old confirmed he has not worked as a police officer since 2018 and that no law enforcement agency was carrying his commission, the TV station reported.
McNair told the ranger “he had all the paperwork required for filing to establish a police department, however it had not been submitted,” according to the affidavit filed in connection with the warrant.
KWTX reported that on Aug. 21, the opening day of school, Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow observed McNair wearing a uniform with a police badge and carrying a handgun and stun gun.
After Krumnow contacted TCOLE, he learned that McNair was not licensed and had not applied with the agency to start a campus police department. He then contacted the Rangers, who began their investigation.
The TV station reported that TCOLE records show McNair has 16 years of law enforcement experience in Texas. He worked most recently as deputy constable in Kaufman County for two years before being fired. A spokesman for the Kaufman County Constable’s Office didn’t provide a reason for the termination to KWTX.
McNair was released from McLennan County Jail on Tuesday after posting $5,000 bond.