KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 12, 2019
by Addie Davis
The Katy City Council appointed Jose Noe Diaz Jr. as the city’s new police chief in a unanimous vote on Monday, March 11.
“He will bring new leadership and professionalism to the post that will help the growing Katy Police Department keep up with the growth of the City,” says President of the Harris County Deputies’ organization, David Cuevas, in a written statement.
Diaz has spent the past 23 years working for the Texas Department of Public Safety, most recently as a Texas Ranger for 11 years. Before that he was a Texas State Trooper obtaining the rank of Sergeant in the Narcotics Division. He also has experience as a deputy constable for Harris County Precinct 5 and as a correctional officer at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“As a long-time resident he understands the small-town culture and life in the city limits, and serving on the front-line keeping us safe as a deputy, trooper, investigator and Texas Ranger he knows this community,” says Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris. Harris says he wishes to thank Chief Tim Tyler and Captain Byron Woytek for their leadership during this time of transition.
Other council members agreed, stating Diaz is a longtime Katy resident, understands the city’s culture and will lead in a compassionate manner.
Diaz has numerous recommendations from the officers in the department, as well as former Police Chief Bill Hastings and Mayor Chuck Brawner.
Diaz replaces Timothy Tyler, who has been serving as Katy’s interim police chief since Jan. 14. Former Chief Hastings stepped down to run for mayor in the May 4 election.
Diaz will be sworn in as chief Monday afternoon at City Hall.