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Sheriff Robert Chody

Chody

Robert Chody, Sheriff of Williamson County Texas, took office on January 1, 2017.  Sheriff Chody has served our community at nearly every level of public safety, from the U. S. Army and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to training future officers and leading Williamson County’s top public safety initiatives.  Prior to his election as Sheriff, he served two terms as the elected Constable of Williamson County, Precinct One.

 Sheriff Chody earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #252.

Sheriff Chody leads a department that serves with purpose, pride and professionalism.  He is committed to the high standard of values within Williamson County and will continue to provide the highest level of service the citizens of our county have come to expect.  The Sheriff’s office patrols the county, investigates crimes, maintains the County Jail and provides support services such as crime victims assistance, traffic control and animal control.  In addition to enforcing the law, the Sheriff’s Office also maintains order in the District and County Courts and actively promotes programs aimed at crime prevention, drug education and self-defense tactics.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is the 12th largest Sheriff’s Office in the State of Texas.  Sheriff Chody leads upwards of 534 employees to protect the county’s 545,000 residents within the 1134 square miles of Williamson County.

 
Chief Deputy Tim Ryle

Deputy Ryle

Chief Deputy Tim Ryle is a retired Police Chief and current Chief Deputy for Sheriff Chody.

In 2015, Chief Ryle became the Executive Director of the Texas Police Association, the longest standing non-profit police training organization in the state, established in 1895. Chief Ryle trained City, County, State and University law enforcement around the state.

In 2014, Chief Ryle retired from the Round Rock Police Department after 31 years of service. He served as a patrolman, patrol sergeant, administrative lieutenant, narcotics lieutenant, training lieutenant, special operations captain, patrol captain, and assistant chief prior to his selection as Chief in 2011. Chief Ryle began his law enforcement career at the Luling Police Department in 1982 after graduation from the police academy at Southwest Texas State University.

Chief Ryle served as the departments' firearms trainer, patrol and SWAT tactics trainer and SWAT Commander for 20 years. Chief Ryle was also a performance driving instructor and collision reconstructionist.

Chief Ryle led the team that accomplished International Accreditation for the Department on three consecutive reviews over 9 years culminating in the highest level of "Best Practices" in 2013 with the department being recognized and awarded the "Accreditation with Excellence".

Chief Ryle developed the departments' Leadership Development Program and personally trained all civilian and sworn leaders in the organization. Chief Ryle is a certified "Testifying Expert Witness" in Federal and State court on Police Policy and Management, Tactics and Police Use of Force.

Chief Ryle earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership, is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State University,a TCOLE Instructor, Master Peace Officer, Graduate of the FBI Executive Development Program in Quantico, Virginia, and was named Community Leader of the Year (2013) by Special Olympics of Texas.

Chief Ryle is a proud father of three daughters, 4 grandchildren and a proud son of a police officer dad and criminal defense attorney mom.

 
Assistant Chief Deputy Roy Fikac, Law Enforcement Bureau

Deputy Fikac

Assistant Chief Roy Fikac is a Texas born Master Peace Officer who has proudly served throughout Central Texas since 1995.  Assistant Chief Fikac is a certified TCOLE instructor with over 20 years of law enforcement experience that also includes extensive training in police supervision, command and executive leadership, Internal Affairs, evidence management, and drug interdiction. Assistant Chief Fikac graduated the Navarro Jr College Police Academy in 1994 and since that time has served as a patrolman, K-9 Handler, SWAT Team Leader/Member, patrol corporal, Lieutenant and Chief Deputy. Throughout Assistant Chief Fikac’s career, he obtained Employee of the Year Honors in 2000, Officer of the Year in 2001 and again in 2002. One of Assistant Chief Fikac’s highest honors was being nominated by the City of Cedar Park’s Chief of Police as the Williamson County A.W. Grimes Officer of the Year in 2003. Assistant Chief Fikac was also awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions contributing to a lifesaving rescue and since his service began in Precinct One of Williamson County, he has been nominated twice for Williamson County Employee of the Year Honors.

Following the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001, Assistant Chief Fikac developed a deep desire to serve in a capacity where he could utilize his training and experience to contribute aid to the United States in its efforts against the War on Terror. In 2004, following the ambush and murders of 4 Blackwater USA Contractors by Iraqi insurgents, Assistant Chief Fikac applied to serve with the Department of Defense as an International Police Advisor. Assistant Chief Fikac obtained a security clearance and contracted to serve two overseas tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assistant Chief Fikac acknowledges that though this marked two of the most dangerous periods of his police career, he was honored and blessed to have served alongside police officers from all over the United States and within military missions led by the US Army, Marines and Multi-National Forces. In Iraq, he provided training and mission support to Iraqi Police in SWAT Operations, bomb detection dogs, Command Support and Special Police Commandos.  In Afghanistan, Assistant Chief Fikac was embedded with an Army National Guard Unit from Montana, selected to lead a team of American police officers in Focused District Development where they trained, mentored and assisted in mission critiques of the Nirkh District Afghanistan Police Forces against the Taliban strongholds in that region.

In 2009, Assistant Chief Fikac teamed up with Williamson County Constable and future Sheriff, Robert Chody. Since joining the Chody Team, Assistant Chief Fikac has served as a Lieutenant over operations and as Chief Deputy. Assistant Chief Fikac is a 2015 graduate of the Bill Blackwood LEMIT Leadership Command College, credited by Sam Houston State University. One of Assistant Chief Fikac’s most notable contributions to Precinct One was his role in obtaining State Accreditation for the Constable’s Office from the Texas Police Chief’s Association in January of 2016.

Assistant Chief Fikac has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 21 years and they have a daughter and two sons. Assistant Chief Fikac’s daughter is currently serving in Okinawa, Japan, as a United States Marine and his oldest son is currently attending University of Texas at San Antonio. The youngest of the three is a student at Leander High School. Assistant Chief Fikac enjoys spending time with his family and is a die-hard Dallas Cowboy’s football fan.

 
Administrative Division Manager Rebecca Rodriguez

Rebecca RodriguezRebecca Rodriguez (Becky) has over 18 years of experience in public safety support. She began her career in 911 Communications where she served as a Communications Officer, trainer, supervisor, Communications Manager and ultimately, Administrative Division Manager. The Administrative Division consists of the Crime Scene, Evidence, Data Entry, Records and Open Records, Human Resources, Victim Services, Quartermaster, Accreditation units as well as the Communications Liaison.    She holds a Master’s Communications License, is a Certified Emergency Number Professional (ENP) and was a Top 40 Under 40 award recipient awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2016 .

Administrative Division Manager Rebecca Rodriguez is the proud mother of 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter.

 
Criminal Investigations Division Commander Jereme Brinkmann

Commander Jereme Brinkmann joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a Deputy in the Corrections Division.  In his 21 years with WCSO, he has served in many areas of the Sheriff’s Office, including, corrections, patrol, Criminal Investigations, SWAT, Swiftwater Rescue, and the Dive team.  Commander Brinkmann was a Major Crimes Detective and Sergeant from 2003 until 2015, investigating homicides, infant deaths, suicides, sexual assaults, officer involved shootings and many other crimes against persons.

Commander Brinkmann is currently in charge of the Organized Crime Division, which includes Narcotics, Auto Theft, Highway Interdiction and Sex Offender Registration and the Criminal Investigations Division, which includes Major Crimes, Special Victims, General Crimes, Strategic Intelligence, Swiftwater Rescue and Dive Team Units.

Commander Brinkmann graduated from Leander High School and then attended Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas, earning his Basic Peace Officer certification in 1997.  Commander Brinkmann holds a Master Peace Officer License and is a State certified Hypnotist.  Commander Brinkmann has attended over 3,000 hours of continuing education and holds certificates in many law enforcement areas.

 
Operations Division Commander Tony Carter

Commander Tony Carter began his career with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in August, 1998. He holds a Master Peace Office license. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #264.

 Commander Carter has held numerous positions in the Patrol Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office such as Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant/Watch Commander.

Commander Carter has worked in several positions of investigations such as narcotics, DEA task force, Internal Affairs and Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.  Commander Carter’s current assignment is Special Operations Division.

Commander Carter is also a veteran of the United States Army with 35 years of service. He is a graduate of the United States Command Sergeant Major’s Academy and has multiple tours in the war on terrorism. His military service awards include the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.

Commander Carter is married to his wife Lori Carter, and has two daughters Jasmine and Trinity Carter.

 
Patrol Division Commander Steven Deaton

Commander Steve Deaton is a native Texan and lifelong resident of Austin. Shortly after graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he honorably served for four years. After completion, he returned to his home town to begin a career with the Austin Police Department, which lasted over 26 years.

During his time with APD he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief and served in numerous positions including patrol, SWAT/Bomb Squad, Violent Crimes and finished with the Organized Crime Division. Steve helped to form and maintain the departments Special Response Team (SRT) and Counter Assault Strike Team (CAST).  He and the SRT team were deployed to Washington, DC, for the last 3 presidential inaugurations as well as a recent deployment to Cleveland, Ohio, for the Republican National Convention.  In addition, he was asked by the US Army's First Cavalry to assist in strengthening police relations with local residents in Iraq and spent 3 weeks there in 2009.

Commander Deaton received numerous commendations and accolades during his tenure including the Distinguished Command Medal and the Distinguished Service Cross for Valor.  Deaton is married and has four children. His current accomplishment, in which he takes the greatest pride in, is taking the role of Paw Paw for his first grandson, Alexander.

 
Assistant Chief Deputy Randolph Doyer, Corrections

Deputy Doyer

Assistant Chief Doyer began his law enforcement career in the 1970’s with the Cedar Park Police Department as a police officer and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief of Police.  During his time at Cedar Park, Assistant Chief Doyer worked in many specialized areas to include traffic enforcement, DWI enforcement, criminal investigation, and a four year assignment to the Greater Area Organized Crime Control Unit.

In early 2004, Assistant Chief Doyer began working for Williamson County as Chief Deputy in Precinct 2 Constable Office.  He continued in that capacity, handling the operations of that office, under two elected constables until moving to the Sheriff’s Office as Assistant Chief of Corrections under Sheriff Robert Chody in January 2017.

 
Commander Brian Loyd

Loyd


Commander Brian Loyd has been serving the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office since 2011. He oversees Special Services in the Corrections Bureau. Prior to him joining the Sheriff’s Office, he served the Austin Police Department for 25 years, where he retired as a sergeant.

 
Commander Chris Watts


Watts



Commander Chris Watts has been with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office since 1994. He is currently a Commander in the Corrections Division. He began his career in law enforcement with the Round Rock Police Department in August of 1991. He has a degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University.
 
Commander Ed Williams

Williams

Commander Ed Williams was born in Houston and raised in the piney woods of East Texas.  Commander Williams majored in Criminal Justice at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.  In 1992, Commander Williams graduated from the East Texas Police Academy at Kilgore College, Texas. 

Commander Williams started his law enforcement career at the Huntington Police Department.  While there, he worked patrol, safety traffic enforcement and highway drug interdiction. 

In 1997,Commander Williams went to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He worked his way through the ranks in the Texas Prison System to include shift sergeant, sergeant over the Gang Investigation Unit and eventually supervisor over the Corrections Investigation Office, which includes investigating gang related activity, drug activity in the prison, and reports of sexual assault and extortion. 

Before coming to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Commander Williams was employed at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, where he was in a leadership role as the senior Field Training Officer at their Central Booking Facility, where he oversaw training and employee development.  While at Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Commander Williams received numerous awards including the Life Saving Award.

Commander Williams has served as the Vice President of the Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association and has been a member of the Texas Gang Investigators Association and the American Jail Association. He is also a graduate of DPS SHIELD Leadership school.