Tyler ISD has hired a top FBI agent from Tyler to lead its safety and security initiatives.

The Tyler Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to hire FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Millslagle in the newly created position of director of safety and security during its November meeting on Monday.

Millslagle, who had left the FBI once before, said he was eager to retire for a second time and begin working to make Tyler ISD the safest district around for students, faculty and staff.

Millslagle has spent more than 26 years with the FBI managing and directing investigations of counterterrorism, violent crimes, drugs and more, according to a news release from the district.

From 1985 to 2011, he served as a special agent and supervisory senior resident agent, which included two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007. Since 2011 he has served as a special agent with the Senior Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said the district took its time to find the right candidate to lead the district's overarching safety initiatives.

“We are extremely fortunate for the opportunity to bring aboard one of Tyler’s own, as Agent Millslagle’s experience, talent and relationships match the job’s demands. His extensive background in safety and security will be a great asset to our district alongside Tyler ISD’s law enforcement, social-emotional learning through counseling services, the district’s disciplinary program and other #safeTisd initiatives,” Crawford said in a news release.

In Other Business

The district reviewed its annual financial accountability rating system results. For the 20th year, it received an A.

Special Recognitions

Elementary Student of the Month — Karyme Alfaro, a fifth grade student at Bonner Elementary School

Secondary Student of the Month — Aidan De La Sancha, a ninth grade student at John Tyler High School

Teacher of the Month — Amanda Nail, from Robert E. Lee High School.

The Moore MST Magnet School PTA also was recognized for being named a 2019-20 National PTA School of Excellence.

The John Tyler PTA donated $5,845 to the John Tyler band for a 16-foot enclosed trailer and Atlas Credit Co. donated an additional $5,845 for a 24-foot enclosed trailer.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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