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Beloved Klein ISD Police Chief Retires After 27 Years of Dedicated Service


For a few hours last week, a nondescript conference room in Klein ISD became one of the most secure places in America. 

Hundreds of wellwishers, made up of law enforcement officers, state officials, friends, family, and colleagues, gathered to celebrate Klein ISD Police Chief David Kimberly and his upcoming retirement.

Chief David Kimberly has faithfully served and led the citizens of Klein ISD as a district police officer since 1995. Before working for the Klein ISD Police Department, Chief Kimberly worked for the Montgomery County Constables Office Pct. 4. 

After announcing his retirement, Chief Kimberly was touched to receive heartfelt encouragement and admiration from his colleagues, including Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown. 

“I am so grateful and honored to recognize Chief Kimberly and all he has given to our amazing Klein ISD community,” Dr. McGown said. “His 27 years of dedicated service and determination in keeping our students, staff, and community safe speak volumes about his genuine love and care for our Klein Family. Although it is bittersweet to see him go, all of us in Klein ISD wish him well in his retirement and all the joy and adventure in this next chapter of life.”

In his tenure with the Klein ISD Police Department, he has worked at all department levels, including Patrol Officer, Campus Officer, Sergeant, and Captain. He was promoted to the rank of Chief in February of 2014. His experience working through the ranks of Klein ISD has contributed to the vast amount of expertise he brings to the department’s day-to-day operations.

Chief Kimberly has served as the president of the Texas ISD Police Chiefs’ Association, president of the Houston Area Police Chiefs’ Association, a community partner with the Harris County Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Crime Stoppers of Houston, Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and the Boy Scouts of America Sam Houston Area Council.

“This is absolutely bittersweet because when we say ‘Klein family,’ I truly mean it—we’re family,” Chief Kimberly said. “This is more than a job. My journey as Chief coming to a close feels like I’m reaching the end of a good book that I just don’t want to put down. Leaving is bittersweet, but I’m ready for the next book.”

Assistant Chief Marlon Runnels was in attendance and expressed his feelings about Chief Kimberly’s exit from law enforcement.

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to Chief Kimberly for always being the supportive person I needed to reach the fullest and greatest potential in my career,” Assistant Chief Runnels said. “I’m forever grateful to him for constantly being a person I can rely on and know that I’m getting sound counsel on different issues, whether personal or professional.”

Chief Kimberly did so much every day to keep everyone in the Klein Community safe and deserves every bit of retirement bliss coming his way. Chief, we’re thankful that Klein ISD has been a part of your incredible journey and that you chose to share your love, care, and talents with everyone in this district. Our Klein Family wishes you the best – Happy Retirement!




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About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 87.5 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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