He is a 1976 graduate of Harlandale High School, a 24-year veteran of the Harlandale ISD Police Department, and now its Chief of Police. On February 19, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved Michael Ramirez for the top spot and cheers erupted from his family, fellow officers and community members sitting in the crowd.
“Wow! You dedicate yourself to your job, you have a good work ethic, you have a positive attitude and look what can happen,” said Chief Ramirez during a phone interview about his new role. He had been serving as Interim Chief since the end of January when Chief Aurelio Chavez retired. Moving into his role has been somewhat of a natural process.
Chief Ramirez was born on the south side and attended Morrill and Adams elementary schools, Harlandale Middle School and HHS. He became an officer in 1989 and held the rank of Sergeant for 16 years, nine as the Patrol Sergeant and the past seven as the Administrative Sergeant overseeing the department’s operations, communications, investigations and events.
“Back when I started, I didn’t even have a gun. We had two vehicles and one of them didn’t have a floor board,” he told principals during a meeting the day after his appointment.
Times have definitely changed now. The Chief will oversee a squad of 21 officers that will be working on several things in the months ahead.
“[We] provide students with a safe learning environment and teachers with a safe learning environment. We plan to continue to improve and enhance the security systems within our schools,” he said.