In aftermath of Santa Fe, school struggles to hire patrol officers

While the City of Angleton announces their new police chief, Aaron Ausmus, former Internal Affairs Sergeant, the Angleton Independent School District struggles to fill its positions.
A source close to the school police department has told MBCN that former police chief Bryan Corb of Richwood has or will accept the job as a K9 handler with the district. Corb retired from Richwood earlier this summer after a short tenure with the city. It is believed that the school district is having trouble filling the four positions allocated to the department this summer after the Santa Fe school shootings.
Recently an officer from the city accepted a job with the ISD and reportedly only worked one day for the ISD and resigned, and was reinstated with the city.
Another longtime officer from Angleton PD and ISD left the department for greener pastures at Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, and yet another left for Freeport police department. A longtime investigator from the Sheriff’s Office was hired by the ISD and handled the departments K9 but left to work at Clute PD.
With the high amount of turnover, it leads us to question why? Why can’t the district police department retain employees? Is the job to mundane, is it the salary, or is that officers just cannot and refuse to work for the current chief? The ISD police page boasts having a “working chief” a sergeant and 5 other full-time officers. The term working chief leads us to believe this chief sees himself as an elitist, someone that is better than other administrators in law enforcement.
A quick visit to the ISD careers page reveals that they are currently attempting to hire 4 police officers and 1 investigator. MBCN has made several attempts to contact Cheif James R. “Chip” Gayle to ask about the current state of his department this week, but calls have been left unreturned.
Residents of the district should be asking questions of how is the district police department going to keep their children safe when they cannot keep officers on the force?

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