Jahanara Officially sworn in

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 10:00am

Police Chief





Balcones Heights Police Department Interim Chief John Jahanara was appointed Police Chief Friday, May 3, 2019.  He has served as Interim Chief following the resignation of Police Chief Darrell Volz, effective March 29.  Chief Volz will started a new career as the Chief of Police for the City of Windcrest in April.


Chief Jahanara joined the Balcones Heights Police Department in 2008 after beginning his career in law enforcement with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department in 2004. John quickly moved through the ranks of the Balcones Heights Police Department.   In 2009 Jahanara was promoted to Patrol Sergeant as the night watch Sergeant.  In 2015 Sergeant Jahanara was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant where he planned, coordinated, assigned and directed the work of the Patrol/Dispatch division to provide protection of life, property, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances.  In 2018 Jahanara was promoted to Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenant.

“I’ve been given a lot of opportunities to grow within different areas of the department. I think it has made me a well-rounded leader. I’m honored for this opportunity and for all of the other opportunities I have been provided with by the City of Balcones Heights,” said Jahanara.

“Since I joined the City, John has demonstrated leadership in his interactions with the community, fellow officers, staff, and Council.  He is a hard worker, models integrity, and has a strong moral and ethical compass.  I am proud to promote a career employee to Chief of Police,” said City Administrator David Harris.


“I am excited and know I am prepared for this new role as Chief. I am looking forward to continuing the success this department has had over the years.  I want the Balcones Heights Police Department to be known as a model small-city police department,” said Jahanara.


John has worked with his team in the investigations division overseeing the investigation of all major crimes in the city and was responsible for assisting the Chief of Police with planning, budgeting, and managing the overall operation of the police department.

“Public Safety is extremely important to the City of Balcones Heights and someone of John Jahanara’s character and experience will allow current staff to continue to work at the best of their abilities to protect the public,” said Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne de Leon.

John has been married to his wife Yvette since 1996.  They have three children.  His hobbies include weight lifting and fishing.