Lieutenant Andy Willeford # 102 – Master P.O.
Lt. Willeford is a 1979 graduate of Marshall High School. He attended Kilgore College and the University of Texas at Tyler earning an Associate’s Degree in Accounting in 1982. In 1992 he took his first law enforcement job at the Gladewater Police Department as a trained telecommunications operator. In 1994 he entered the East Texas Police Academy and upon graduation took on an additional duty in Gladewater as a Reserve Officer. By 1996, after having turned down a couple of offers to be a full time patrol officer, he decided his best move would be to leave the titles of dispatcher and Reserve behind and hit the streets as a full time patrolman. He worked in that position until going to the Gilmer Police Department in 2000. There, he quickly promoted to Patrol Sergeant and worked until 2002 when he was hired onto the White Oak Police Department as a night time Patrol Sergeant. He was also appointed as the dispatch supervisor. Due to his superior qualities he promoted to Patrol Lieutenant. While in that capacity he oversaw dispatch, patrol, all computer equipment within the agency, and was responsible for any internal investigations. He has obtained his Master Peace Officer’s License and has certificates as a Juvenile Officer, Basic Hypnosis practitioner, and a Jailer. He is also qualified as a Computer Forensics Investigator. During his tenure as the lone member of the Department’s I.T. team, Lt. Willeford has been instrumental in technology progress within the agency. There is no doubt that he is the go-to person at this agency as he truly is a Jack of all trades, but contrary to the popular saying, he masters them all.