Gov. Abbott Chooses Dallas Secret Service Agent to Head Texas School Security Efforts

Larry Lease
Texas Gov. Abbott has tapped Dallas Secret Service agent to head newly established chief of school safety and security.RK/Unsplash

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed a Dallas based U.S. Secret Service agent to oversee Texas school safety efforts. Dallas News reports that John Scott previously served as assistant special agent in charge of the North Texas district, as well as serving on the North Texas Cyber Fraud Task Force. Abbott released a statement saying:

"Chief Scott's wealth of experience in security and intelligence and exemplary service to our nation makes him the perfect fit as the new Chief of School Safety and Security."

Following this year's school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Abbott called on the Texas Education Agency to create this new position of chief of school safety and security. Scott now serves as the agency's resident expert on security and safety issues and oversee Texas school district's implementation of new policies. Dallas News reports the new position was among several initiatives undertaken in the aftermath of the Uvalde tragedy that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Other initiatives include requiring school districts to undergo safety audits.

Scott will now work with a variety of state agencies including the Texas School Safety Center, Department of Public Safety, Health and Human Services, and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Dallas News reports that Gov. Abbott that he has come under fire for not calling a special session following the Uvalde mass shooting.

Scott had previously served as a special agent in the vice president protective division in Washington, D.C. before transfer to Texas. Prior to the Secret Service, Scott was an Army Field Artillery Officer.

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