Leander’s assistant chief of police may be an officer of the law, but off-duty, he’s a renowned graphic artist.
Jeffery Hayes, a primarily self-taught graphic artist, has developed an international reputation for his creative designs for posters, book covers and logos. He is also a popular assistant chief of police in Leander
"I became a police officer because I want to help people. It is a rewarding job in an ever changing environment, nothing is ever the same," said Hayes, who is in his fifth year as a Leander policeman. Prior to that he was with the Cedar Park Police Department for 18 years.
Raised in Austin, Hayes has another off-duty vocation that is earning him a widespread positive reputation. In his spare time at home, he creates unique designs that are used by governments, businesses, publishing companies and others across the country and even in Europe.
"I picked up art when I was very young," Hayes said. "I started working for a board gaming company. Then I was a cashier at HEB and did a few designs for them. They liked my work, so they took me off the cash register and had me doing designs full time."
After becoming a police officer, Hayes continued developing his artistic skills.
"I attended some classes at the Gemini School of Visual Arts in Cedar Park that taught me digital painting skills that changed the way I do things,” he said. “Gemini is an incredible school with outstanding students that have been placed with Disney, Blizzard Entertainment and a number of well-known companies.”
Hayes has designed over 100 shoulder patches for various government agencies and departments including the Leander Police Department.
"I also do a lot of book covers, paintings, posters and packaging for commercial projects,” Hayes said. “I am doing some work for overseas clients now, including a client in the United Kingdom.”
As a Leander police officer, Hayes focuses much of his problem solving skills on projects and planning for the department.
"Chief Minton and I complement each other and we work well together," Hayes said. "Whether I am at the police department or working at home after hours, I definitely keep busy."
The creative work helps Hayes stay creative to the astute problem solving skills required in police work.
"I have found over the years that I have gotten an appreciation for what I do because it is so unique," Hayes said. "The creative side of me helps me with problem solving and that helps me as a police officer. If you have a talent or a skill, you bring it to whatever you are doing."