2010 Outstanding Police Chief Jimmy Ellison honored by peers

Posted January 24, 2011

The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators has recognized ACU's Chief of Police Jimmy Ellison with its Outstanding Police Chief Award for 2010. Ellison says his success is due in large part to the partnership and trust maintained between his department and the university's administration.

"There are a lot of deserving police chiefs across the State, so I was honored to receive the award. I have an amazing staff of highly experienced officers who make my job easier, and ACU has provided incredible support to ACUPD since I came here," says Ellison. "The results are a safer campus and community that students deserve and their parents expect."

Ellison brought a wealth of law enforcement experience to the position of ACU's Chief of Police in 2001. Ellison worked from 1984-2001 with the Beaumont, Texas Police Department in a variety of roles ranging from Patrol, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Narcotics and Vice Sergeant and as a Hostage Negotiator for the SWAT team.

He now manages a full-service department with 16 officers and various support staff. Under his leadership, ACUPD has gained respect within regional law enforcement circles while working to protect the ACU campus and greater Abilene community.

Ellison says the award came as a complete surprise during last month's conference, but it wasn't the only thing that caught him off guard that night: ACU Vice President, Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson made a special trip to Amarillo to attend the ceremony. Thompson was on hand to see Ellison honored with the 2010 Bill G. Daniels Award for Excellence in Police Department Administration.

"I had the pleasure of attending the awards banquet to witness this great accomplishment -- as well as to see the surprise on his face when he saw me there!" says Thompson.

"Dr. Thompson's support means quite a lot to me," says Ellison. "Having been a part of TACUPA for 10 years now, I have never seen a president or vice president attend this awards ceremony. Many of my TACUPA colleagues mentioned how fortunate I am to have such an appreciative and supportive senior administrator."