FAIR OAKS RANCH — Whether enforcing the law, setting up barricades during flooding, working with City Hall or serving students meals as a goodwill gesture, Police Chief Scott Rubin says it’s all part of a job he loves.
As the bedroom community celebrates a milestone in 2018 with 30 years of incorporation, Rubin looks back on a 20-year anniversary with the Police Department.
“Twenty years is a long time and I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. A lot of it is because of the people that I work with,” said the city’s top cop and Navy veteran.
Rubin’s officers presented him with a commemorative plaque Aug. 16 at a City Council session recognizing his anniversary.
“What most impresses me is the leadership and accountability Chief Rubin brings when it comes to being fully engaged in making Fair Oaks Ranch a great place to live,” said Place 2 Councilman Roy Elizondo.
Rubin’s tour with Fair Oaks Ranch began in 1995 as a nonpaid officer while he still worked in naval law enforcement.
In 1998, the city’s leaders appointed him police chief.
Earlier this year, Rubin was sworn in as secretary of the Texas Police Chiefs Association. He previously served as the sergeant at arms, and continues as the chairman of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program.
Rubin, 52, spent 25 years in the Navy, counting both active duty and service in the Reserve. He was a gunner’s mate in special weapons, and finished as a command master chief.
The police chief has witnessed a lot of changes over the years.
When Rubin started, the force was five strong. Today, the department has a complement of 22, including a K-9 dog that started in July.
“We’ve done a lot of stuff. It’s not me. It’s the officers, and we have a great group of officers right now who are always looking for ways to implement new things, be involved in the community,” Rubin said.
In addition to participating in National Night Out every October, Rubin and his squad have newfound respect for the lunch staff at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School after spending a day in their shoes.
Place 5 Councilwoman Snehal Patel said Rubin is a constant and calming presence in the city who builds lasting connections.
“Being seen in the community and ready to listen, Chief Rubin and his officers serve as positive role models to our children, including my own three boys,” Patel said.
One of her youngsters’ favorite memories, she added, was when Rubin and company doled out the school lunches.
“Chief Rubin has such a great rapport with kids that they will remember him and his positive message for a long time to come,” Patel said. “Police officers are our heroes.”
Rubin and his team are always seeking different ways to interact with young people, his officers said.
“He’s done a great job in making sure our No. 1 priority is the community,” said Officer Paul Zepeda.
The chief makes everyone on the force feel like family, Zepeda added, whether it’s concern about a fellow officer’s cancer diagnosis or celebrating a new birth.
“He treats us as if he’s one of us,” Zepeda said.
Rubin said he was destined to be a police officer and a sailor. After all, his father worked as a peace officer in New Jersey.
Every day on the beat is different, Rubin noted.
“Every community is different and we’re really fortunate with our mayor and council that we’re kind of able to keep up or stay ahead of things, just being proactive,” Rubin said.
Recently, Rubin woke up to a phone call requesting barricades be erected for flooded streets; other days he works with City Hall to make the force the best it can be.
“You can always rely on Chief Rubin to tell it like it is. We can also count on him to find a way to make the most of the resources,” Elizondo said. “He sets high standards of performance and commitment to service for his team and leads by example.”
The chief enjoys spending time with his two daughters, his grandsons and his girlfriend. A son died six years ago in a motor- vehicle crash.
In his spare time, Rubin likes exercising at the gym and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle; according to the chief, the only kind of motorcycle there is.