A need to take the next step in his law enforcement career has put Kerry Simmons at the Madisonville Police Department.
The Huntsville resident joined the MPD in February after graduating from the law enforcement academy in December.
"I notice the department was hiring, and I applied, and now I'm here," he said.
Previously, Simmons was working with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a guard, and said that the transition to patrol officer was the next step in his career.
Simmons said he is attracted to the service that police officers provide, and hopes that he can be a good community steward while serving in Madisonville.