John M. Ray, Ph.D.

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Assistant Chief of Police

Assistant Chief of Police John Ray

John M. Ray started his law enforcement career in 1984 with the West Lake Hills Police Department, in Austin, Texas, as a Reserve Patrol Officer. After serving as a reserve for over a year and a half, (and upon his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force) he decided that law enforcement was his calling and went to work for the Jacksonville Texas Police Department as a full-time paid Patrol Officer where he stayed until 1988. 

In 1988, Chief Ray joined the Longview Texas Police Department where he spent over 21 years, retiring as an Assistant Police Chief in 2009.   After retiring, Chief Ray went to work for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office as the Executive Chief Deputy of the Operations Bureau.  He served Tarrant County for over six and a half years.

Chief Ray joined the Victoria Police Department in March of 2016.  He came to Victoria with extensive law enforcement experience.  He holds Master Peace Officer and Instructor Certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Chief Ray attended the University of Texas – Tyler where he received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating with his B.S., he continued his education at the University of Texas-Tyler where he received his Masters Degree in Political Science in 2002.  Chief Ray then attended the University of Texas–Dallas, earning his Ph.D. in Public Affairs in 2012.

Chief Ray is an author, having published a work on the subject of community policing as well as an article on trustworthiness for the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) Ethics Institute journal Ethics Roll Call. He continues his research in the areas of citizen engagement, ethical discourse, and public service. Additionally, Chief Ray serves as a member of the core faculty for ILEA where he lectures on a variety subjects, to include ethics and leadership.  In 2017, Chief Ray graduated from the 269th session of the FBI National Academy.


Phone: 361- 485-3717

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