Commander Gary Haston is from a small Texas town where he dreamed of becoming a police officer, fireman and paramedic. Throughout his public safety career, he attended the Texarkana Jr. College Fire Academy in 1988 obtaining his state certification. Throughout his career he obtained state certifications for ECA, EMT, EMT-I and EMT-Paramedic after attending the Navarro Jr College Paramedic Program.
At age twenty (20) Commander Haston attended the Kilgore Jr College Police Academy obtaining a certification with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards as a peace officer soon after turning twenty-one (21). Commander Haston began his law enforcement career by volunteering his time as a reserve police officer while working as a full- time paramedic.
In 1994 Commander Haston transitioned from a full-time paramedic to a full-time police officer in Crockett, Texas and later moved to Williamson County to work for the Round Rock Police Department in 1995. In 1997 Commander Haston was recruited to work for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office where he has promoted through the ranks to Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.
During his tenure with Williamson County Commander Haston has been assigned to specialized operations with the former Capitol Area Narcotics Task Force as well as with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where he received specialized training which he later relied upon to led in his position as Sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit.
Commander Haston served in the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander on both night and day shift before being assigned as an administrative project Lieutenant for the Sheriff. He enjoyed attending neighborhood events and listening to the concerns of Williamson County residents so that he could implemente plans to help resolve community issues.
Commander Haston has received numerous commendations and accolades from the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (1996) and the Office of the Governor where he received the Outstanding Service Medal in 1999. Commander Haston also received commendations from the DEA in 2004 and in 2009 for his work leading operations to dismantle drug organizations operating within Williamson County.
In 1999 Commander Haston was certified as an instructor through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and since that time has instructed thousands of federal, state and local officers in partnerships with the Texas Narcotic Control Program (TNCP)-Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy (RCTA)-Texas Narcotic Officers’ Association (TNOA)-United States Department of Transportation-Drug Interdiction Assistance Program – (DIAP),-El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Commander Haston is a long-time member of the Texas Narcotic Officer’s Association (TNOA) serving as Regional Director, State Conference Coordinator, Sgt at Arms and Vice President before being elected as President for the years 2011-2012. In addition, Commander Haston has been a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas and the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Program.
Throughout his career he has volunteered to help his community as a Paramedic for volunteer Emergency Medical Services, Police Departments, and coordinating benefits for the Williamson County Brown Santa Program.