Assistant Chief (AC) Pearce began his career in criminal justice in 1989 with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). During this time, he was a corrections officer, an investigator for the grievance department, a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for the Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas.
As an ERT member, he became an instructor for firearms, chemical agents, and defensive tactics. He was then assigned as a member of the Region 6 Response Team, which specializes in hostage rescue and armed assault.
AC Pearce was promoted to training Sergeant for the TDCJ Region 6 training academy in Gatesville, where he developed and delivered instruction on all aspects of corrections to new employees and on in-service training for existing officers.
Soon after, AC Pearce was promoted to Lieutenant over all training in the region, making him responsible for all range operations and training in the region. This allowed him to work closely with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Public Safety, area police departments, and sheriff offices.
After retiring from TDCJ in December of 2008, AC Pearce accepted the position of Chief Deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. AC Pearce managed all Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office departments to include jail operations, patrol division, CID, and dispatch. AC Pearce was involved in those operations’ day-to-day activities to include patrolling, serving warrants, investigations, inventories, and budgeting.
In 2013, AC Pearce moved to the coastal bend area and accepted the School Resource Officer (SRO) position for the City Aransas Pass Police Department. Soon after, he took responsibility as interim Patrol Captain and was officially promoted to Patrol Captain on July 31, 2013.
A.C. Pearce later moved to the position of Administrative Captain. His responsibilities include Emergency Management and Training Coordinator.
On 10-26-2020, Pearce was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.