Chief Christopher Filidei was sworn-in as the first Hitchcock ISD Police Chief in August of 2018. He helped to create, and leads the department. Under his supervision, greater than 2100 students and staff at Hitchcock ISD schools benefit from his mission of safety for all. As a law enforcement veteran with 17 years of experience, Filidei began his career with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office where he was a supervisor over the School Liaison Division. He has earned an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from College of the Mainland and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership. He retains several prestigious certifications and licenses including Master Peace Officer, Firearms Instructor, National Association of School Resources Officers (NASRO) Practitioner, Mental Health Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Instructor, and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Instructor, to name a few.
He has also received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award and Graduated from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College (LEMIT LCC) which is one of the nation’s premiere law enforcement management programs.
Chief Filidei lends his safety expertise to local child care facilities and parochial schools and has helped school districts start their own police department.
A proponent of community involvement, Chief Filidei supports and participates in several law enforcement based children’s charities and is an active member of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals of The Mainland organization.
He was born and raised in Galveston County, and along with his wife Jessica and daughters Ellie and Presley, continue to call the county home.
Officer Ryan Zuniga joined Hitchcock ISD Police Department in 2020 after serving two years with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Zuniga has earned her Intermediate Peace Officer certificate, School-based Law Enforcement as well as numerous other certificates. She has recently begun serving as a field training officer for new hires. She takes pride in helping others and continuously educating herself on new and ever changing safety issues and brings them to our students, staff and community.
Officer Samuelson has joined the Hitchcock ISD Police Department after serving the past 14 years with the La Marque Police Department where he held the positions of Patrolman, Detective, and had five years of supervisory experience as a Corporal and Sergeant. Officer Samuelson has attained his Master Peace Officer certificate, School-based Law Enforcement Officer certificate, and has a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Officer Harp has joined the Hitchcock ISD Police Department after spending five years with the La Marque Police Department. In his time with LMPD, Officer Harp served as a patrolman before being promoted to the rank of Corporal.
In addition to his patrol duties, Officer Harp has earned his Intermediate Peace Officer certificate, his Mental Health certificate, has an Associates Degree, and has also served as a Field Training Officer. He is passionate about crisis intervention, de-escalation and believes that mental health training is integral to a police officer's duties and success.
Officer Darling has joined the Hitchcock ISD Police Department after spending six years in Law Enforcement. Prior to joining the department, Officer Darling worked for League City Police Department as a Patrolman. In addition to her patrol duties, Officer Darling developed interest in DWI cases and obtained several specialized DWI certificates. Officer Darling recently received her Intermediate Peace Officer License and is currently working to obtain her Advanced Peace Officer license. Her goal is to connect and foster good relationships between the Hitchcock ISD Police Department and the community she serves.
Officer Vicente Gonzalez became a member of the Hitchcock ISD Police Department in 2023, following a dedicated three-year tenure with the La Marque Police Department. During his tenure with the La Marque Police Department, Officer Gonzalez served in various capacities, including as a patrolman, Community Policing Officer, Recruitment team member, and Oral Board interviewer, showcasing his versatility and commitment to public service.
Officer Gonzalez has demonstrated his commitment to professional development by obtaining an Intermediate Peace Officer certificate and completing his Associates Degree. His pursuit of excellence continues as he is currently working towards attaining a Bachelor's Degree.
With a passion for community engagement and a dedication to his role, Officer Gonzalez eagerly anticipates the opportunity to serve as a mentor to students within Hitchcock ISD. His commitment to both his profession and the community he serves is a testament to his unwavering dedication.