Executive Director

Kim Vickers 

Executive Director Kim VickersChief Vickers began his 41-year law enforcement career with the Abilene Police Department in 1979 and continued to serve until his retirement in 2006. During his 27 years with the Abilene Police Department he served in a wide variety of capacities, including oversight of the department’s selection process and police academy, Patrol Division supervision and command, School Resource Officer, and Public Information Officer.  

Upon his retirement from the Abilene Police Department, Chief Vickers joined the Commission on Law Enforcement in 2006 as the Field Service Agent for the West Texas region. After three years he promoted to Director of Education and Credentialing, and on September 1st, 2011 he assumed the duties of Executive Director and Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the agency.

He has more than 35 years of law enforcement teaching and education experience including teaching a variety of courses for universities, departments, academies, and associations across Texas, and has extensive experience in various public speaking venues. Chief Vickers serves on the Education and Training Committees for both the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA), and has done multiple presentations at IACP International Conferences. He is on the Advisory Board of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST.) 
 
He and his wife, Chrys, have been married for 47 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. His son, Eric, served for 15 years as a law enforcement officer and is now an attorney in Amarillo. His daughter, Jennifer, is a physician in Austin.