Steven Stutsman - Azle High School Criminal Justice
I was born and raised in Elkhart, IN where I attended and graduated from Concord High School in Elkhart. While in school I loved playing basketball and running track. After graduation I went into the U.S. Air Force, and spent almost 16 years on active duty, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant (E7).
I was stationed here at Caswell AFB in 1986 and moved to Azle in 1987. While stationed at Carswell I completed training and began working for the Azle police department as a reserve officer. In 1991 I was sent to and stationed at a NATO base in Germany. With the fall of the Berlin wall and the closing of many NATO bases, I was forced out of the military in 1992. I was then employed as a full-time police officer with the Azle PD in starting in Aug. 1993. During this time I also joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and was recalled to active duty twice after 9-11. I retired from the Naval Reserve in 2004.
I continued to work with the Azle PD attaining the rank of Sergeant and was last assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division until September 20th, 2019, when I retired with over 27 years of total service.
I am married to Carla Noah Stutsman, who many will know through her years as a reporter for the Azle News. Between the two of us we have six children, and 12 grandchildren, ranging in age from 18 to 2 years old. I can truly say that grandchildren are the greatest invention ever made, and we love them all dearly!
I come to the Azle ISD Police Department with one goal. That is to inspire, and maybe have some influence on some of the next generation of police officers, who are taking Criminal Justice courses at the High School. I cannot think of a better way to complete my last assignment in the police profession than to come full circle and have an impact on these kids, who are the future of this profession and country.