Port Promotes Three Police Officers
GALVESTON, Texas – The Port of Galveston Police Department announced the promotions of three officers on its police force. Officer Richard Goodwin, Officer Nicholas Rac, and Officer Philip Tamayo were sworn in and received their new ranks and responsibilities by Chief Robert Pierce at a ceremony that took place at the Port of Galveston Police Headquarters.
Officer Goodwin was promoted to rank of Patrol Sergeant and will be assigned to the day shift as the Watch Commander. He is a graduate of La Marque High School. After graduating, he worked as a full time police officer for the City of La Marque Police Department for 18 years before retiring as a senior patrolman. In July of 2008, he joined the Port of Galveston Police Department where he was first assigned to patrol on the night shift and was soon promoted to the rank of step-up Corporal, followed by a transfer to the evening shift.
Sgt. Goodwin is an avid fisherman and fishing lure collector. He and his wife Susan have three children.
Officer Rac was promoted to rank of Lieutenant and will be assigned to the duties of Patrol Commander. He is a graduate of Ball High School and earned an A.A. in Law Technology from Galveston College. Lt. Rac began his career in March of 1978 with the Galveston Police Department where he worked three patrol shifts and was one of the original 12 officers assigned to the Identification Division. In 1989, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant assigned to the evening shift and in 1995 he was transferred to the to the Patrol Commander’s office as Administrative Assistant. His duties in that position included serving as the Field Training Coordinator, the Head Firearms Instructor, the Jail Operations Supervisor, the Special Events Coordinator, the Victim’s Rights Liaison Officer and the Liaison Officer to the Municipal Court. He also attained his Master Police Officer certificate, an Instructor’s Certificate and a Firearms Instructor’s Certificate. In March 2003, he retired from the Galveston Police Department.
In April of 2003, Lt. Rac joined the Port of Galveston Police Department where he was assigned night shift duties and seven years later was assigned duties as Lead Firearms Instructor. In February of 2015, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and assigned to the evening shift as Watch Commander.
Lt. Rac was born on Galveston Island and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors camping and hunting. He and his wife Bettie have two daughters and a grandson.
Officer Tamayo was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant and assigned to the evening shift as the Watch Commander. He is a graduate of Ball High School. After graduating, he worked part-time as a police officer for the City of Dickinson. Shortly thereafter he became a full-time officer with the Galveston Independent School District where he attained the rank of Sergeant. In March of 2002, he began working for the Port of Galveston Police Department where he was first assigned to the day shift and quickly moved up the ranks to step up Corporal.
Sgt. Tamayo represented the Port of Galveston Police Department from 2009 to 2015 in the Battle of the Badges boxing competition and was the champion for five consecutive years. He also represented the Port in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges competition where he was champion for three consecutive years.
Sgt. Tamayo was born on Galveston Island and has three children.
About the Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.7 million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility with operating revenues of approximately $34 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.