District moves forward to start SISD police department.
MAY 10, 2021 – Silsbee Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to kick start the first ever SISD Police Department, and on Monday, May 10, Kenny Davenport was sworn-in as the new police chief of the department.
Davenport, who is a veteran officer, has spent all of his career in Hardin County working for Silsbee Police and most notably, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.
“I’m so honored that they put their trust in me,” Davenport said. “It’s just an honor to come back and represent a police department and have me lead it for a place where I have spent my whole life.”
Silsbee ISD has utilized resource officers commissioned by both Silsbee Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff’s office in the past.
Davenport has been the school resource officer the last two years, 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.
Before becoming the school resource officer in 2019, Davenport began his criminal justice career with Silsbee Police Department in 1985, and in 1986, he joined the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and later became the Chief Deputy. He retired from the HCSO in 2019.
On Monday, Davenport was sworn-in by SISD officials, and in front of his family, friends, and law enforcement colleagues including Silsbee Police Chief Shawn Blackwell, and Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis.
“We have had great support from the sheriff’s department and the city police,” Superintendent Dr. Gregg Weiss said. “This is just one more extension to offer assistance and continue to be a great partnership all the way around.”
There will be a total of four commissioned officers at Silsbee ISD to start the SISD police department.