Chief Deputy William R. McDaniel was brought to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office by Sheriff Gage when he took office in 2005.
Previously, Chief McDaniel worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from which he retired as a Highway Patrol Captain, a position he held from 1998 to 2005. From 1992 to 1998 he held the rank of Lieutenant and from 1987 to 1992 the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a Highway Patrol Trooper from 1982 to 1987. He also served in the United States Air Force as a Captain from 1976 to 1982.
Chief McDaniel received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 1997. He also holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling and Guidance from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota (1979) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota (1976). He is a graduate of the 210th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the 87th Administrative Officer's Course for the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Chief McDaniel completed the Senior Management Development Course for the Texas Governor's Center for Management Development in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and Air Force Squadron Officer's School.
Chief McDaniel is the recipient of the Texas Department of Public Safety Traffic Law Enforcement Division Chief's Award for Excellence (Two Awards), the Regional Commander's Award, and the Outstanding Recruit Award. At the Southern Police Institute he was recognized as a Dean's Scholar. While serving in the United States Air Force, he received the USAF Commendation Medal, USAF Humanitarian Service Medal, and the 15th Air Force Combat Crew Excellence Award. As a civilian he was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.
Chief McDaniel was chosen for two terms to the City Council of Whitehouse, Texas.
He is married to Elizabeth with two daughters, Rachel and Allison.