Kyle Neal has announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for Ellis County constable Pct. 4.
Neal, 42, is married to Christie; they have two children, Ashley, 11, and Dillon, 7. He attended Midlothian schools from grades 8-12 and has lived in Ellis County the past 28 years.
Neal has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and is pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice administration.
He holds a Texas master peace officer certification, with 22 years of experience working in areas of law enforcement such as patrol, crime prevention/community policing, K-9, criminal investigations, grant writing/administration, patrol/criminal investigation supervision and police administration.
“I have over 6,500 education and training hours recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education,” he said. “I began my police career with Midlothian as a reserve police officer in 1985 at the age of 19. One year later I accepted a patrol officer’s position with the Waxahachie Police Department. During this time, I started the Waxahachie Police Department’s first crime prevention program. I worked in both patrol and crime prevention until 1989, when I transferred to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department to start their first crime prevention and K-9 programs.”
In 1989, Neal was elected to serve as the mayor of Maypearl, where his duties included chairing city council meetings, managing all city departments, preparing and managing city finances, taxes and policies. As mayor, he was also responsible for working with officials from the Superconducting Super Collider project during its construction phase.
In June 1991, Neal returned to Midlothian, where he progressed through the management ranks to include patrol sergeant, criminal investigation sergeant, captain, deputy chief and interim chief of police.
He remained with Midlothian until February 2001, when he accepted an airline pilot position with a subsidiary of Delta Airlines.
“I resigned my position with the Midlothian Police Department and began working as a part-time criminal investigator for the Ovilla Police Department when I was not flying commercial aircraft,” he said. “In 2005, Delta Airlines eliminated the Dallas/Fort Worth pilot base in an attempt to stay out of bankruptcy and were transferring all pilots to other states. Ellis County is my home and leaving was not an option, so I returned to full-time police work by accepting a police officer position with the DFW International Airport, where I am assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.”
“I feel running for office is like applying of a job, but instead of my resume being scrutinized by two or three employment executives my resume will be seen by several thousand voters who make up the hiring team,” he said, saying he welcomes “the opportunity to personally interview with any member of the hiring team. I can be contacted through my Web site at www.vote4neal.com.
“As Ellis County constable Pct. 4, my goals will be to promote hometown values and to deliver caring, fair, professional law enforcement to all citizens,” he said.
Other organizations Neal has worked with include Parents Against Illegal Narcotics, Ellis County Foster Parents Association (volunteer), Civil Air Patrol (pilot) and Angel Flight (pilot).
Additional certifications include certified crime prevention specialist, Drug Enforcement Agency mission pilot, certified intoxilyser operator (inactive) and underwater search and rescue (diver).
“My platform is very simple,” Neal said. “I believe our community should revolve around hometown values, no matter how big we grow. The law enforcement style used by Sheriff Andy Taylor in the ‘Andy Griffith Show’ may be a little outdated in today’s society; however, his concept of fairness and respect should never change.
“The citizens of Ellis County not only deserve professional and fair law enforcement, but they also deserve law enforcement officials who are genuinely concerned about the people they serve,” he said. “A proactive and caring approach, coupled with being cognizant of the problems, needs and challenges at hand, will go much further in making our community a better place to live than the big city methods seen on many ‘shoot ’em up’ cop shows.
“As Ellis County law enforcement responds to the needs of our increasing population, there is no reason why we should deviate or outgrow hometown values,” he said. “I promise I will do everything in my power to foster a safe hometown atmosphere that has almost become extinct in our fast-paced world.
“I would appreciate your support and your vote during the primary election – early voting starting Feb. 19-29 – and on Tuesday, March 4,” he said. “For more information, visit my Web site at www.vote4neal.com.”