The question of employment regarding Ennis ISD Police Chief Kevin Haynes should be decided within the next two weeks according to EISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Dunn.
The future of Haynes’ employment with the district is under consideration following his arrest on May 26. Haynes was arrested by Ovilla police and charged with allegations of driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and assault on a public servant after attempting to strike an officer.
Patrol car video obtained and aired by Channel 4 Fox News at the time of the incident appears to show Haynes turning and hitting one of the officers as he is about to be handcuffed. A struggle ensues, with the video showing the three officers taking Haynes to the ground to place him into handcuffs.
Since the incident occurred at the end of the school year, Haynes was suspended with pay from the district for a few days until his contract ended. Due to the nature of Haynes’ work, his employment with the district has been on a contractual basis since being with the district. In the past, the contract was renewed several weeks prior to the commencement of each upcoming school year and has never been maintained throughout the summer months due to the students being on vacation.
“The way Haynes contract is set up, he is no longer an employee of the district but his contract is up for renewal on Aug. 6. I anticipate a decision to be made within the next 2-3 weeks regarding his ongoing employment with the district. To my knowledge charges have been filed but the legal process has not run its course and we want to handle this decision wisely,” Dunn said.
The district will not base their decision solely on the outcome of the legal process but intends to handle the situation with dignity and look out for the district’s best interests.
In April, Haynes was honored by Jack Lummus Memorial VFW Post 7106 as outstanding police officer for Ennis ISD.