Rick Pyle retired as the Director of Public Safety for the Town of Highland Park in July of 2020. Highland Park DPS is a fully consolidated public safety department providing all police, fire and EMS services for the incorporated Town of Highland Park.
Director Pyle is a 34-year veteran of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. He began his career with the Town at the age of 21 in July 1986. He received his first promotion in 1992, and worked his way up through the ranks, serving in each level of supervision within the Operations Division. He also served as the Town’s Fire Marshal, a Field Training Officer and Crime Prevention Officer. Director Pyle received numerous commendations, including Officer of the Year, as well as Supervisor of the Year for the Department of Public Safety. Director Pyle also received the Certificate of Merit from the Park Cities Rotary Club.
Director Pyle holds a Graduate Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification, a Master Firefighter Certification and is a Licensed Paramedic. He is also licensed as an arson investigator, fire inspector, police instructor, and fire instructor. Director Pyle is a graduate of the 231st FBI National Academy. He also served on the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy Advisory Board and the El Centro College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Director Pyle is married to his high school sweetheart Barbara and they have three children; Hunter, Natalie and Riley. Director Pyle and his family reside in rural Collin County. His hobbies include ranching, hunting, and fishing.