In 2013, Jesse accepted a position with the Southern Methodist University Police Department as a 911 dispatcher.
In July of 2016, The SMU Police Department sponsored him as a police cadet in the Cedar Valley College Law Enforcement Academy. On December 1, 2016, Jesse received his license as a Peace Officer in the State of Texas and graduated valedictorian and class sergeant from Cedar Valley. Four days later he was commissioned as a SMU Police Officer.
Prior to attending SMU, Jesse attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he studied psychology and criminal justice. While at Sam Houston, Jesse was hired by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Upon completing the TDCJ Corrections Officer Training Academy, Jesse was assigned to the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, Texas. During that time Jesse also enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as an infantry rifleman. He is still serving with the Marine Corps.
As a military service member, Jesse volunteers in veterans affairs and worked as the Director of Communications for Heroes in Action, a Dallas based non-profit. He has also volunteered with Civil Air Patrol, the Marine Corps League and is a member of the SMU Military Veterans Student Organization.
In 2015, Jesse co-founded The Stable, a comprehensive and independent website that covers Southern Methodist University athletics. Since founding it, Jesse has traveled across the state to cover SMU sports and has managed various other writers.
Jesse continues to serve as a Police Officer at SMU, and in November of 2021 was promoted to the rank of sergeant with the SMU Police Department. Jesse is the director of community engagement and communications and is also the PIO. He is a member of the honor guard, a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Instructor, a Tactical Medical and Stop the Bleed Instructor, a firearms instructor, and a SWAT Operator on SMU’s Crisis Response Team. In 2017 Jesse was awarded the SMU Police Department Mark McCullers Officer of the Year Award.
In May 2019 Jesse graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from SMU. During that time Jesse attended school full-time and part-time while working full-time and fulfilling his commitment to the Marine Corps.
Jesse’s Marine Corps awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a mobilization device, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with a bronze service star, two Certificates of Commendation, and two Meritorious Masts.