Central Texas College (CTC) recently announced the appointment of Joseph Barragan as the new chief of campus police. He will assume his duties February 1 upon the retirement of Mary Wheeler who served as CTC police chief for the past 16 years. Barragan has 39 years of experience in law enforcement including the past six years as police captain at El Paso Community College.

During his time at El Paso Community College, Barragan managed and supervised police personnel and operations, telecommunications , detectives, security specialists, clerical and traffic office personnel. He oversaw all facets of district security surveillance and intrusion alarm systems; researched and made recommendations to increase efficiency of Police Department; and was responsible for training for personnel as mandated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Barragan began his career in law enforcement as a police officer for four years. He then spent five years as a detective in the Narcotics Section and Burglary Division and was then named sergeant of the Interdiction and Narcotics section. After six years, he was promoted to lieutenant where he served as initiative commander of the West Texas High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program’s Southwest Trafficking Interdiction Narcotics Group initiative which was recognized as one of the most effective and productive initiatives in targeting drug trafficking organizations.  Four years later he was named a lieutenant with the El Paso Police Department where he served for five years prior to joining El Paso Community College.

While serving in law enforcement, Barragan received training from the United States Army Military Police School, the United States Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School, the El Paso Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He holds a dual master’s degree in public administration and criminal justice from Sul Ross State University as well as a master’s degree in homeland security also from Sul Ross.


Phot cutline: New Campus Police Chief Joseph Barragan congratulates Mary Wheeler, former chief, during her retirement reception. Wheeler served CTC for 23 years, 16 of those as chief of campus police.