Chief of Police, Retired, Coppell, Texas
Mac Tristan is a 37 ½ year law enforcement veteran with over 25 years of command rank experience. He began his career with the Carrollton, Texas Police Department, rose through the ranks before leaving as an Assistant Police Chief after 29 ½ years of service. He left Carrollton to become the Coppell, Texas Chief of Police on January 24, 2011 and served the city of Coppell for 8 years, retiring in November 2018. While at Coppell, Mac worked at building a great culture of service, to its citizens, community and its employees. As a result of his experience and success, he continues to lecture on Leadership, Problem Oriented Policing, Changing Organizational cultures and the servant-leadership style of Management not only to police organizations throughout the country but to private corporations as well. Chief Tristan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, where he graduated with Honors. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massa chusetts and the U.S. Army War College Strategic Implementation Seminar in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Chief Tristan believes strongly in Problem Oriented Policing and Servant-Leadership. He not only teaches the subject, he has successfully implemented this philosophy in every bureau and department he has led, including the Coppell Police Department. He has worked with the Chinese National Police in Hangzhou, China, has lectured in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden with the Swedish National Police and has twice been invited to speak at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium. He was the keynote speaker at the Leadership in Policing conference in Vaxjo, Sweden, Linnaeus University in May 2015 and in August 2019 was invited to speak in Mexico City at a conference of Police Academy Directors. Chief Tristan is on the adjunct faculty of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, Plano, Texas. He is past president of the Texas Police Association and a regular instructor for TPA’s Leadership Conference. As of June 2019, Chief Tristan joined the firm of Gratitude and Grace Consulting as the Chief Culture Strategist.