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Elgin welcomes city’s new police chief

By Fernando Castro fernando.castro@elgincourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:30 pm

Elgin has a new top man in blue.

Patrick South has been hired as the Elgin Police Department’s new police chief. The announcement was made during the Jan. 2 city council meeting.

“He’s a wealth of experience in virtually all areas of law enforcement, whether it be as a street cop or in administration,” Thomas Mattis, city manager, said. 

“I’m pleased to present Patrick as the best fit for our PD right now.”

South is already transitioning into his new position, however, his first official day on the job will be Jan.10.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve the City of Elgin, our community and the men and women of EPD,” South said. 

“I look forward to leading the department, developing relationships with our community, and enhancing the quality of life in Elgin.”

The new police chief arrives in Elgin after serving for more than two decades in Austin.

“Patrick has put in 25 years with Austin PD from street officer all the way up to police commander,” Mattis said.

He recorded 14 years of command or supervisory experience with APD in total.

Chief South holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master Peace Officer Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. 

He received various awards and commendations while with APD, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Superior Service Citation and Unit of the Year.

South is also affiliated with many community and professional organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the Council for At-Risk Youth, the Knights of Columbus, the Police Executive Research Forum and the Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists.

Mattis added that South embraces a results-driven philosophy based on teamwork and innovation, and is committed to maintaining a high level of professionalism within the EPD. 

“Council has made clear its commitment to evolve all city operations and services in a way that is responsive to the growing Elgin community,” Mayor Chris Cannon said. “Bringing Chief South on board to lead EPD is another very positive step in that direction.”

Chief South and his wife, Anne, have two adult children and reside in Round Rock. 

South’s appointment follows the retirement of Chris Bratton, who retired in 2017. Bratton was Chief for seven years.