Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff, left, and retiring Deputy Gene Pittman, right.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) held retirement ceremony last week for Deputy Alvin Eugene (Gene) Pittman, who is leaving for force after almost 17 years. Ceremonies were held at Barton and Wallace Middle Schools, where he served as a school resource officer for the last eight years of his career.
Pittman began his Hays County law enforcement career at the Hays County Jail as a corrections officer on April 10, 1989, then rose through the ranks to become a sergeant in the corrections facility. After attending a basic peace officers academy and on May 15, 1993, he accepted a position as an HCSO patrol deputy.
On June 1, 2001, Pittman transferred to the position of school resource officer, splitting his time between Barton Middle School and Wallace Middle School in the Hays CISD. The first such officer for those schools, Pittman served in that position until his retirement. Pittman touched the lives of many students, dealing with children when they violated the law but also patting them on the back when they excelled at their school work. Retirement ceremonies for Gene were also held at Barton and Wallace Middle Schools.
“Gene is leaving some big shoes to fill,” Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff said.
Pittman served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in his younger years and plans to spend his retirement years traveling and attending Marine Corps gatherings.