Galena Park ISD Alumni Spotlight
Our November Spotlight is Jeff Wagner, a 1982 Galena Park High School graduate. He also attended Galena Park Elementary, MacArthur Elementary and Galena Park Middle School. Wagner was named Mr. Galena Park in ’82.
After high school, Wagner started his career in law enforcement as a Galena Park Police Reserve Officer. To this date, he is the youngest Police Reserve Officer in the history of the Galena Park Police Department. After serving one year in Galena Park, Wagner joined the Houston Police Department.
Wagner is a veteran of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and has received numerous awards for his dedication to the Houston community. The Houston Police Officer’s Union and 100 Club of Houston each named Wagner “Officer of the Year” and ABC Channel 13 KTRK named him “Officer of the Month.” He also received the American Police Hall of Fame Achievement’s Criminal Investigation Award.
In November 2016, Wagner announced his retirement after 34 years with HPD, and he served the last seven of those years as an elected board member of the Houston Police Officers Union, which is the largest police union in Texas.
Wagner was elected to the City Council in 2015 and later announced his run for mayor of Pasadena. After months of campaigning and a run-off election, he was elected as mayor with 57 percent of the votes. Wagner was sworn into office in July 2017.