Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft appointed a new chief for the district’s police department, the district announced Wednesday.

Ralph R. Disher III is a 38-year veteran law enforcement officer and investigator.

The district conducted a review of 52 applicants and four rounds of interviews before selected the new chief.

Craft said he is proud to announce Disher’s appointment who has a wealth of law enforcement and investigative experience.

“Ralph Disher is committed to our number one priority; the safety and security and well-being of every Killeen ISD student and every educator and staff member every day,” Craft said. “Under Chief Disher’s leadership, the already strong safety record of KISD schools will continue to get stronger. We thank Chief Disher for his commitment to safety and security and we are proud to have him lead our police department.”

Disher has been with Killeen ISD as a professional standards investigator since November 2016. He has investigated involving alleged misconduct, equal opportunity complaints, Office of Civil Rights complaints, and complaints filed by employees. He joined KISD as a criminal justice teacher at Killeen High School in August 2015 after 17 years leading investigative units for state agencies, including the Texas State Auditor’s Office and the Texas Education Agency, where he was director of the special investigations unit.

From 1995-1998, Disher was an investigator for the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and an investigator for the County Attorney’s Office for Bell County from April 1990 to November 1995. He was a detective sergeant in the Belton Police Department five years beginning in 1982, and a patrolman for the Tyler Police Department form 1981-82. He began his career as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Corrections in 1980, the district stated.

Disher will start his role as police chief on February 14.