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Silsbee ISD Superintendent Dr. Gregg Weiss appoints Robert Smith as district’s new Chief of Police, Kenny Davenport retires

Robert Smith (right) appointed new SISD Police Chief after Kenny Davenport (left) retires

January 28, 2022 – There is a new police chief for Silsbee Independent School District. On Friday, Superintendent Dr. Gregg Weiss appointed Robert Smith as the district’s new Chief of Police.

“I am very excited to be the next Chief of the Silsbee ISD Police Department.  I do have very big shoes to fill, following Chief Davenport, but we have a very professional and dedicated team that I’m proud to be a part of,” said newly appointed Police Chief, Robert Smith.

Smith was with the Beaumont Police Department from 1991 to 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Director of the Police Academy at Lamar Institute of Technology. Smith then served as the Lieutenant for Professional Standards Unit at Lamar University from 2017 to 2020. He served as a Reserve Deputy and School Resource Officer for one year before becoming the Criminal Justice teacher at Silsbee High School in May 2021, where he also served as a School Resource Officer.

“I look forward to serving the district and community to the best of my abilities and will do everything I can to ensure that our amazing students, staff, and visitors have a safe and secure environment at all of our campuses,” said Chief Smith.

Smith received his Texas Peace Officer License in 1991 from Lamar Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lamar University.

“I am confident in Robert Smith’s leadership and ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, teachers and staff. We are excited to have him serve in this new role. I want to thank Kenny Davenport for his years of service and dedication to Silsbee ISD. He was instrumental in getting the police department started for the district. He will be missed, and we wish him the best,” Superintendent, Dr. Gregg Weiss.

Dr Weiss, Kenny Davenport

Davenport served as the school resource officer two years before the SISD police department came to be, and previously carried the role of security and truancy officer in the 90’s for Silsbee ISD before entering the classroom as a criminal justice teacher for five years.

Davenport, who is a veteran officer, spent all his career in Hardin County working for Silsbee Police, and most notably, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.

In May of 2021, the Silsbee Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to kick start the first ever SISD Police Department.

There are a total of four commissioned officers at Silsbee ISD.