our Staff

Chief J.W. Newman

Chief Newman proudly joined the Ferris ISD Police Department at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Chief Newman brings to us several years of well rounded law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career in 2000 as a patrol officer for the City of Ferris where he grew as a rookie police officer before moving on to both the Red Oak Police Department and Ellis County Sheriff's Office. While in Red Oak for several years, he promoted through the ranks serving as patrol officer, patrol corporal, sergeant, detective, SWAT team leader, and co-founder/President of the Red Oak Police Officers Association. Upon transferring to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office as a criminal investigator he worked a multitude of current and cold case crimes, was chosen to serve on a Major Crimes Task Force centered out of Tarrant County, Texas, and served as a dignitary protection officer for special state politician visits. Later when entering special district policing he served in Red Oak as a District Investigator and special tactics/firearms instructor. Chief Newman provides oversight of the department's totality of operation, production, and development. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and several special certifications including TCOLE Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He is also continuing his college education in Criminal Justice. Chief Newman and his wife, Lauren, a nurse, live locally and admire the Ferris community. They have four children and outside of spending time with family, they enjoy golf, hiking, and fishing.

"At all times in my work, I place the safety of students, staff, and district guests as a top priority while also providing building blocks of learning to those we influence. We strive to be instrumental in the growth and success of FISD while working tirelessly to set the standard in protection and safety. We are always here in trust and transparency to talk with those in both the school community, and general public. Know undoubtedly we will protect, serve, and invest in the future of our youth." - Chief Josh Newman

Lieutenant John Julin

On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Ferris ISD Police Department swore in John Julin. Lieutenant Julin brings 12 years of law enforcement experience in which 9 years have been served in an educational setting. Lieutenant Julin supervises daily operations, coordinates district safety training, and is the department's K-9 handler. Lieutenant Julin holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certification and is a TCOLE Certified Instructor. He graduated from the Navarro College Police Academy in 2004 and was awarded the David Garrett Outstanding Achievement Award during the graduation ceremony. In 2005 Lieutenant Julin began his career in Law Enforcement with the Ferris Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer and was later promoted to criminal investigator. In 2007, Lieutenant Julin began working with the Ferris ISD Police Department where he served the role of patrol officer and criminal investigator. In 2013, Lieutenant Julin joined the Red Oak ISD Police Department. He was awarded 2013 December "Employee of the month" for his work with the HADDIT Jr. group that raised $10,000 to send Christmas gifts to soldiers deployed overseas. In 2014 he was recognized as the Red Oak ISD Police Department "Employee of the year".

K-9 Storm

K-9 Storm joined the Ferris ISD Police Department in March 2017 and is trained in narcotics detection. K-9 Storm is a Pit bull/Labrador Retriever mix and joined the department when she was 1 year and 3 months old . Ferris ISD Police Department was able to begin our K-9 Program with the help of a grant from Universal K-9 and Animal Farms Foundation. The grant totaled an estimated $13,000, and covered the cost of the canine, the canine training, and the handler's training. Storm will help ensure that Ferris ISD is a drug-free school zone. Storm has been partnered with Lieutenant Julin.

Officer Sara Stastny

Sara Stastny began her law enforcement career in 2004 with the Dallas Police Department, as a 911 call taker, then quickly promoted to Dispatcher and was later assigned to the Auto Theft unit as a Crime Tech. Sara holds a degree in Law Enforcement Technology, is a licensed Peace Officer in the State of Texas, and is also a certified Mental Health Officer. She has worked as a patrol officer for the City of Ferris, School Resource Officer for Ennis ISD, and Deputy Constable for Dallas County. Officer Stastny joined the Ferris ISD Police Department in September 2017.

Officer Stastny is tri-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, Farsi (she is working on mastering French as her 4th language) and hopes to one day learn American Sign Language. Officer Stastny has been married to her husband for 13 years and has an 8 year old daughter.

Police Service Officer Loriann Armendariz

Ms. Armendariz was raised in Ennis, Texas and graduated from Ennis ISD in 2005. She has 3 children who inspire her to be the best mom she can be. In May of 2016, Ms. Armendariz graduated from Navarro College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. In October of 2016, Ms. Armendariz joined the Ferris ISD Police Department as a Police Service Officer. Ms. Armendariz has been gaining experience working at Ferris High School along side Lieutenant Julin. Together, Lieutenant Julin and Ms. Armendariz have implemented the Teens in the Driver Seat program which has been a good way of influencing our teens about safe driving and the repercussions of distracted driving. In the near future, Ms. Armendariz plans to collaborate with Lieutenant Julin to add more programs that will benefit more diverse age groups of students.

Administrative Specialist, Krystina Rodriguez

Krystina Rodriguez graduated from Ferris High School in May 2007. After High School, Ms. Rodriguez began working for a debt collection law firm in Dallas as an administrative assistant. She worked for the law firm for 5 years before she left to become a full time mom to her two children. Ms. Rodriguez joined the department on May 9, 2016. She brings over 5 years of experience in administrative duties and assists in the day to day operations of the Police Department. Ms. Rodriguez also holds a license in Telecommunications and serves as the department's dispatcher.

Police Reserve Unit

The Ferris ISD Police Reserve Unit is a district and community service-based, non-paid, volunteer law enforcement unit. The fully commissioned officers of the Reserve Unit support the Ferris ISD Police Department in a variety of law enforcement operations.

Reserve Officers:

David M. Smith - Officer Smith joined the Ferris ISD Police Department in May 2017.

Jordan Birdwell - Officer Birdwell joined the Ferris ISD Police Department in June 2018.