The Temple Police Department was organized in 1922 under Chief Wiley Fisher. Chief Fisher had the distinction of serving as the last City Marshal and the first Chief of Police.
Serving as City Marshals prior to 1922 were: Cap Lightfoot, pre-1900; Sherman Williams, 1902; Dave Osburn, 1906; George Gamble, unknown; Pat Hunt, unknown; John L. Irvin, 1909-1913; Wiley Fisher: 1913-1922.
With the creation of the Temple Police Department in 1922, the title for the head law enforcement officer in the city changed to Chief of Police. Serving as Chief of Police have been: Wiley Fisher, 1922-1926; Lee Saulsbury, 1926-1930; Sam Hall, 1930-1934; B. G. Duncan, 1934-1936; Will I. Cooper, 1937; Frank Bouldin, 1937-1947; W. M. McDonald, 1947-1956; A. C. Berry, 1956-1957; T. R. B. Ellis, 1957-1958; A. C. Berry, 1959-1971; Leonard M. Hancock: 1971-1983, Thomas Vannoy, 1983-1995; Ralph M. Evangelous, 1995-2004. Gary O. Smith, 2004-Present.