Chiefs of Police

UT Arlington

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

UT Pan American

UT Austin

UT at Houston

UT Permian Basin

UT Brownsville

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

UT San Antonio

UT Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Tyler

UT El Paso

UT Health Science Center Tyler

 


Lemaux

Kim Lemaux

UT Arlington

Kim Lemaux leads a department that includes 38 sworn officers, 56 guards, police communications and emergency management staff and oversee a $6.7 million annual budget. She started at UT Arlington July 1, 2013.

Lemaux began her law enforcement career as an Arlington police dispatcher in 1982. The following year, she became a patrol officer. By 1985, she was teaching future colleagues as a field training officer.

Lemaux rose rapidly through the Arlington Police Department ranks and was promoted to deputy chief in 2001. She has supervised patrol divisions, investigative services and technical services in recent years. Her current responsibilities as the department’s senior command staff executive include leading an operational bureau of 121 staff members and an annual budget of $14 million.

Among her many achievements, Lemaux said she is most proud of her work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, or TCLEOSE, to help craft statewide curriculum for basic police academies.

At UT Arlington, Lemaux said she will work to provide a safe environment for all students, faculty and staff in an era when enrollment, the campus resident population and campus events continue to grow and thrive.

Lemaux’s focus will include increasing campus security, maintaining excellence through the department’s ongoing accreditation efforts, professional development for the department and further developing the University’s emergency planning efforts.


Chief Carter

David Carter

UT Austin

Chief Carter began his career as a patrol officer with the Austin Police Department in 1985. He advanced to positions within APD with increasing responsibility including assistant chief and, later, chief of staff. His law enforcement career has included many specialized assignments and a range of unique professional experiences including senior leadership roles over patrol, major investigations, organized crime investigations, as well the Special Operations Division. Carter also helped develop the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, which serves Central Texas public safety organizations (including UT Austin) and garnered statewide recognition. Carter has overseen and directed public safety for numerous international events from South by Southwest to the 2012 opening of Circuit for the Americas.

One of the Austin Police Department's most decorated officers, Carter has earned many distinguished awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross for Valor, the Distinguished Command Medal, the Life Saving Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals. The US Army 1st Cavalry Division also awarded Carter combat spurs in recognition of his being engaged by enemy insurgents in Iraq. Carter was there providing police leadership concepts training to the US Army.


Holguin

Mike Holguin

UT Brownsville

Acting Chief Mike Holguin is a native of Texas and was raised in El Paso until the age of 12. Mr. Holguin eventually settled in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and earned a degree in Communication/Advertising with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1993 and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Texas Christian University in 2001. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University.

Mr. Holguin served with the Dallas Police Department for two years before joining the Arlington Police Department in 1997. Acting Chief Holguin was selected as the Assistant Chief of Police for the University of Texas at Brownsville in early 2014 and was appointed Acting Chief of Police for UT Brownsville on June 20, 2014.

Acting Chief Holguin has a total of 19 years in law enforcement and has held various positions throughout his career. Prior to his current position with the UT System Police, he worked as the Arlington Police Department’s Commander of the Special Investigations Division, which included five specialized criminal investigative units. In addition to SID Commander, other positions he has held in his law enforcement career include Patrol Commander, Geographic Criminal Investigations Commander, as well as manager of enforcement operations for the Arlington Police Department’s Weed and Seed federal grant.

Mr. Holguin’s experience also includes supervision of the Personnel and Recruiting Unit, Accident Investigations Unit, and the Crime Response Team prior to promoting to lieutenant with Arlington PD. He was also a Certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Practitioner while serving as a Crime Prevention Officer for the Arlington Police Department. Acting Chief Holguin is also a certified police academy instructor and a Master Peace Officer with over 15 years of experience teaching recruit and in-service classes. He is a Texas Leadership and Command College graduate, and has completed the FBI’s Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. His awards include the Physical Fitness Award, the Community Service Award, and the Arlington Police Department’s Police Officer’s Award for bravery in the line of duty.

Acting Chief Holguin has served on a number of boards and committees to include Weed and Seed and the Alliance for Children. Mr. Holguin is a member of the International Chiefs of Police, LEMIT LCC Alumni Association, and Texas Police Chiefs Association.


Chief Zacharias

Larry Zacharias

UT Dallas

 

Chief Larry Zacharias started his career in 1977 as a patrol officer for the Richardson, Texas Police Department.  Over the years, he promoted through the ranks and worked in almost every division including Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Narcotic Division, Administrative Services and Internal Affairs.  He served on the Richardson SWAT Unit for ten years and served as the Unit’s Commander for a time.
In 2002, he was appointed Chief of Police.  During his tenure as police chief, he managed a department with 250 employees and a $20 million dollar budget.  He redefined and expanded the Volunteer In Policing Program to over 50 citizen volunteers that worked in every division of the police department.  His VIP Program won the National VIP Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2008.
Zacharias is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and the F.B.I. National Academy. He serves as an appointee to the Environmental Crimes Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association who honored Zacharias with the Career Achievement Award in 2008. He was named Citizen of the Year in 2009 by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce  Zacharias received the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas in 2006 and he was named Supervisor of the Year his second year as Chief by the Richardson Police Association. He has been selected as an instructor for the F.B.I.’s International Training Program to instruct foreign police agencies on internal conduct and he has taught the class to police officials from Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and 15 Caribbean countries. Zacharias is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class V, is an ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church and he is active at Northpark Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
Chief Zacharias retired from Richardson on January 31, 2009.  He was appointed the UT Dallas Police Chief on September 27, 2009.  Since his appointment, he has spent a considerable amount of time hiring new personnel and reorganizing the UT Dallas Police Department.  Since beginning with UT Dallas, he has served on the search committee for the new Dean of Students and also for the Associate Vice President of Business Affairs, Human Resources.  Chief Zacharias has become a favorite of student organizations to serve as a volunteer judge for numerous organization competitions.
“I believe that if we hire the right people for the right attitude and then treat those people the very best we can, they will pass that on to those they come into contact with as a representative of the UT Dallas Police Department and the UT Police System.  Who provides the best service, a well-respected, well treated happy employee, or a disgruntled, disrespected unhappy employee?”


Walsh

Cliff Walsh

UT El Paso

Cliff Walsh has served as the Chief of Police for The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Police Department since 2005.  Chief Walsh’s responsibilities include the protection of assets and delivery of public safety services within academic, research, sports and entertainment realms. 

The UTEP Police mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment through effective partnerships with our campus and community stakeholders as we continue to achieve Tier 1 Research status and support the academic success of our 21st century student demographic.   Chief Walsh believes that a leadership philosophy of  “Finding A Way To Yes” is an effective and efficient cornerstone upon which these partnerships are developed and nurtured to bring greater value to the student’s education experience.

His experience includes a 28 year career with the El Paso Police Department where he rose to the position of Commander and served as Deputy Chief.  Chief Walsh possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.  He is active in community organizations such as Rotary International, Shriners, and the Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso. 


Engells

Thomas E. Engells

UT Medical Branch Galveston

 

Chief Engells is a Texas Master Peace Officer with a Bachelor degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin; a Masters in Criminal Justice Management from the Sam Houston State University; and a Masters in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School.
With extensive experience in policing, he served at all ranks at The University of Texas at Houston from 1983-2010 and was the Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Staff from 2005-2010.  He is both an assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and a facilitator and assessor for the Texas Police Best Practices Recognition Program.
A widely published author, he writes extensively on homeland security issues, Biosecurity, ethics, leadership and police administration. He serves as a reviewer for the Certificate of Achievement in Service Efforts and
His primary responsibilities as the Chief of Police at UTMB Health include the delivery of comprehensive police and progressive security services at this academic health center and the Galveston National Laboratory. Chief Engells is a licensed Certified Protection Professional by American Society of Industrial Security and is a Certified Public Manager.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Theodore Roosevelt


Adcox

William Adcox

UT at Houston

William Adcox leads the University of Texas Police at Houston as they protect the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  The UT Police Houston, responsible for law enforcement, security and personal safety services, has received meritorious accreditation by CALEA and was reaccredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. In 2011, UT Police Houston was recognized by the Texas Police Chief’s Association Law Enforcement Best Practices.
 
Chief Adcox is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Texas Police Chief’s Association, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and ASIS Chief Security Officer (CSO) Roundtable, International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security and Police Executive Research Forum. He has been serving UT System since 1999.  His prior experience spanned 21 years serving the citizens of El Paso, Texas in the El Paso Police Department that culminated as deputy chief.  He earned an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso, graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute and the Wharton School ASIS Program for Security Executives.  


Parks

Michael Parks

UTHSC San Antonio

Chief Michael J. Parks became the Chief of Police of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on August 26, 2010, after having previously served as Director of Public Safety at Minnesota State University-Moorhead from 2007 to August 2010.  Chief Parks also served as the director of law enforcement at Minnesota West Community College in Worthington for over 4 years.  Prior to his tenured faculty position with Minnesota West he served as a narcotics officer for the Dakota County Drug Task Force in the Minneapolis area and as a patrol officer with the Lakeville, Minnesota Police Department.

Chief Parking holds bachelor degree in Criminal Justice form Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN and a master’s degree in Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, and is an adjunct faculty member in both undergraduate and graduate executive leadership coursework.  He was awarded the prestigious National Public Safety Director of the Year Award in 2010 by Campus Safety Magazine and the Medal of Honor for Bravery by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association in 1999.


Bickers

Thomas Bickers

UTSWMC Dallas

Thomas Bickers serves as the Chief of Police of a 150-person police department serving a community of approximately 4200 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, including a major hospital as well as traditional academic community with a day time population of 75,000 persons. Chief Bickers serves as key advisor to the President and Executive Vice-President of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas on Police Department issues impacting them and develops acceptable solutions to problems.  He acts as the primary representative of the Police Department at meetings/conferences concerning law enforcement/security programs and issues.  Directs police operations/personnel conducting investigations, evidence evaluation and accountability procedures. Directs the handling of bomb threats, civil disorder, and VIP security programs and develops policies and procedures.  Responsible for analyzing and organizing work assignments or functions to improve efficiency of the organization and protective services provided.  Supervises the law enforcement staff through subordinate police supervisors performing the various police functions.  Provides leadership in the development of the law enforcement organizational structure/operating methods/procedures.  Responsible for the hiring’s and terminations of police department staff.  Responsible for a 6 million dollar budget.


Cromley

Robert Cromley

UTHC Tyler

Robert Cromley's law enforcement career began with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School  in Dallas as a Cadet.  He attended the UT System Police Academy and graduated in 1979 and returned to the campus as a police officer.  Chief Cromley left the UT System and entered municipal policing at a small department in Hawkins, Texas where he served  in a patrol officer capacity , patrol sergeant, and was promoted to Chief of Police.  He left Hawkins Police Department in 1984 for an opportunity in private business.
Chief Cromley re-entered law enforcement in 1987 with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office serving as a Jailer and a patrol officer.  His tenure at the Sheriff’s Office afforded him many opportunities to forward his career and education.  He served as patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, and as Lieutenant/Jail Administrator.  During his assignment as Lieutenant/Jail Administrator a new county jail facility was opened and a 3 million dollar renovation to the facility was completed enabling the housing of federal prisoners and increasing the county jail inmate population to 150.  Chief Cromley served in the Lieutenant/Jail Administrator position for 12 years and then transferred into the Criminal Investigations Division and was the lead investigator for the unit.  He formed the county wide SWAT team and was in charge of firearms training and SWAT team training for the Sheriffs’ Office and also assisted other law enforcement agencies in the county in firearms training. 
Chief Cromley completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2004.  He was fortunate during his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office to attend many specialized training classes relative to jail administration and criminal investigations.  He left Upshur County in December 2004 and accepted the position of Chief Deputy with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and completed a re-organization of the Department.  He accepted the Chief of Police position at UT Health Science Center in Tyler in August of 2005 and is proud to serve the Health Science Center and the UT System Police. 
Chief Cromley resides along with his wife of 25 years, Denise, in Big Sandy, Texas.  They have two boys, one is a Texas State Trooper stationed in Wood County and the other is a Communications Officer with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office pursuing his degree in Criminal Justice. 


 

Loya

James Loya

UT Pan American

Assistant Chief James Loya was appointed Acting Chief of Police on January 24, 2014 after the departure of Chief Roger Lee Stearns.  Acting Chief Loya began his law enforcement career with UTPA’s Police Department in 1993 and was a graduate of the 56th Cadet Class of The University of Texas System Police Academy.
While at UTPA Loya has held several positions of responsibility as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant and detective sergeant.   He was appointed Assistant Chief of Police in 2005 and oversaw Field Operations and Support Services for the department.  He currently provides leadership to the UTPA Police Department’s combined staff of 57 personnel (23 sworn, 34 non-sworn) in providing law enforcement services to a campus community of approximately 23,000 (Students, Faculty and Staff).   Acting Chief Loya is a member of several campus committees, including the Crisis Management Team, Triage Team, and UTPA Commencement Committee.
In 2009, Acting Chief Loya spent ten weeks in Nashville, Tennessee attending Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.  He was part of SPSC Class 293.  The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level leadership instruction in 22 core or mandatory blocks of instruction and nine optional blocks in each session. The major topics of study include: Management and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources for Law Enforcement, Budgeting, Staffing Allocation, and Personnel Deployment.  The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936, with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.
In Fall 2011, Acting Chief Loya completed the University of Texas Pan-American Leadership Education Accelerated Program (LEAP), Cohort II, as part of UT System’s Leadership Institute.  Some of the topics covered during this eight week program include Leading Yourself, the Role of the Leader, Law, Ethics and Conflict, Organizational Skills, and Strategic Planning among others.


Hain

Tommy Hain

UT Permian Basin

Chief Hain moved his family, wife and two sons, to Odessa where he joined the Odessa Police Department.  During his tenure with Odessa PD, he served in the Community Relations Bureau supporting Community Policing initiatives and teaching the D.A.R.E. program in schools from 1992-1998.
He then moved to the Ector County School District where he continued in Community Policing and taught the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) from 1998-2001.  Chief Hain seized the opportunity to advance his career as the Chief Deputy for the Reagan County Seriff's Office in Big Lake, Texas.
After a short stay in Big Lake, Chief Hain was offered the Chief of Police position in Page, Arizona, where he remained from 2003 until 2008. During his tenure as Chief of Police, he attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  Under his leadership, Page Police Department saw substantial increases in the number of personnel for the department, patrol officers' salaries/training, and updated equipment.

In January 2008, Chief Hain was offered the position of Chief of Police of the UTPB Police Department.  He hopes to bring his 24 years of law enforcement experience to the campus and lead the department through the many changes that are taking place at the University.


Barrera

Steve Barrera

UT San Antonio

Chief of Police Steve Barrera was hired as the UTSA Chief of Police on 1 May 2010.  Chief Barrera recently retired from the San Antonio Police Department as Deputy Chief – where he served as the Investigations and Service and Support Division Commander.  During the span of his 30 year career in SAPD, Chief Barrera held a diverse range of positions as he advanced through the ranks, including Patrol, Investigations and Administrative positions.  Chief Barrera has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he also taught in the Criminal Justice Department as an Adjunct Faculty member.  He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas State University.  He is also a former Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Wayland Baptist University.   

 

 

 

 


Chief Medders

Mike Medders

UT Tyler

Michael Medders became the Chief of Police for the University of Texas at Tyler on October 1, 2005.  He began his law enforcement career for the Palestine, Texas Police Department in 1990, attended the East Texas Police Academy, and graduated Valedictorian of his class.  In 1992, he was voted by his supervisors as the P.R.I.D.E. Patrolman, which is the Department’s Officer of the Year award.  During his first eight years of service, he served as a Patrolman, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, and Assistant Commander of the local Narcotics Task Force.   He then served six  years as the Assistant Chief of Police and was the Interim Chief of Police for a period of eight months.

Chief Medders earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Criminal Justice, from the University of Texas at Tyler, graduating Cum Laude in 1999.   He holds a Master’s Peace Officer Certification and Instructor License through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

Chief Medders firmly believes that police officers should be and are held to a high standard of conduct.  His favorite quote, as it relates to law enforcement and life, is “You cannot buy integrity.  People who have it will give it to you for free.”

While off duty, Chief Medders enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, riding motorcycles, and coaching his son’s youth football team.


 

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