Chiefs of Police
- UT Arlington
- UT Austin
- UT Dallas
- UT El Paso
- UT Permian Basin
- UT San Antonio
- UT Rio Grande Valley
- UT Tyler
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
- UT Medical Branch - Galveston
- UT at Houston
- UT Health Science Center San Antonio
- UT Health Science Center Tyler
Kim Lemaux began her law enforcement career in 1982 as an Arlington Police Department dispatcher. The following year, she became a patrol officer and in 1985 was appointed as a field training officer. Lemaux rose through the Arlington Police Department ranks and was promoted to deputy chief in 2001. She supervised patrol, central and geographic investigative, crime scene, training, personnel and recruiting, property and evidence, jail, federal narcotic and JTTF task force, SRO, and crime prevention personnel and operations. Her tenure at Arlington PD also afforded her the opportunity to serve as Incident Commander for many events at ATT Stadium and Globe Life Park, to include Super Bowl events, Dallas Cowboy football games, college football games, concerts, Texas Ranger baseball games, and playoff and World Series baseball games. Among her many achievements at Arlington PD, Lemaux said she is most proud of her work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, where she served on and led the committee that crafted the statewide curriculum for basic police academies.
Lemaux was selected as the Chief of Police for the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, where she leads a department of over 130 employees that includes 43 sworn officers and 46 public safety officers. Her primary goal is to provide a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors in an era when enrollment, the campus resident population and campus events continue to grow and thrive. She manages patrol and security, police communications, emergency management, parking, transportation, and key control operations. Chief Lemaux’s vision and focus for the organization includes reorganizing the department, elevating campus security and the services the department provides, recruiting the finest personnel, providing all team members with the professional development and equipment they need for success, developing internal and external relationships and partnerships, maintaining excellence through the department’s ongoing accreditation efforts, ensuring the department and the University meets all Clery and Title IX requirements, furthering the development of the University’s emergency and business continuity planning efforts, increasing key control efficiency, and leveraging technology to provide a state of the art parking and transportation operation. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from UT Arlington and her Masters in Security Management from American Public University. Chief Lemaux has enjoyed the transition to university policing and is grateful for the opportunity to serve and work with her team; UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and executive team; Office of Director of Police; and visitors to UT Arlington. Go MAVs!
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.
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?”
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 Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso.
Thomas Engells serves as the Chief of Police and the Chief Security Officer at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health), where his primary responsibilities include the delivery of comprehensive police and progressive security services at both an academic health center and the Galveston National Laboratory. Chief Engells is a Master Peace Officer, Certified Protection Professional and Certified Public Manager. He holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (Bachelors with Honors); Sam Houston State (Masters in Criminal Justice Management) and from the Naval Postgraduate School (Masters in Homeland Defense and Security).
Chief Engells served at all ranks at The University of Texas at Houston Police Department 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 and lectures on homeland security issues, biosecurity, ethics, leadership and public administration. He has been appointed as an Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation and serves as an Associate at the Centre for Research Excellence at The University of New South Wales.
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.
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 Parks holds bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from 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.
Chief Lewis began his law enforcement career in 1997 when he was hired by UT Southwestern Medical Center as a cadet. He graduated the UT System Police Academy in January of 1998. During his time at UT Southwestern, Chie Lewis served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief and has worked or supervised patrol, hospital operations, criminal investigations, training, special response teams, accreditation, access control, and administration. Chief Lewis earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas Chief Lewis and holds a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and an adjunct professorship from the University of Texas at Arlington. Chief Lewis is a TCOLE Master Peace Officer, a certified TCOLE instructor in all subject areas to include firearms and defensive tactics and a certified internal affairs investigator. He is a graduate of the Texas Police Chief’s Association’s Developing Leaders for Texas Law Enforcement Program and was selected as an instructor for the program. Chief Lewis has dedicated his career to supporting the mission of UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Texas System Police.
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 El Paso assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division and the other is a Community Supervision Officer with the Upshur County Adult Probation Office and is pursuing his degree in Criminal Justice.
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.
Chief Raul Munguia served as the Assistant Chief-Chief of Staff at the Austin Police Department which is an organization of approximately 2300 sworn law enforcement and support personnel. Chief Munguia oversaw the day to day operations of the Austin Police Department and had direct oversight of the Internal Affairs Division and Risk Management.
As an Assistant Chief, Chief Munguia served with a “hands-on” leadership style, frequently patrolling areas within his region in an effort to gain first-hand knowledge of each sector’s key issues. Throughout his career, Assistant Chief Munguia was assigned to patrol, the motorcycle unit, Internal Affairs, the Narcotics Unit, Traffic Investigations Unit, Recruiting, Special Events, and was also the Commander of the Central East Command which included the University of Texas Campus at Austin and the E. 6th Street entertainment district. Chief Munguia had direct oversight of events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits (ACL), and the public safety response plan to manage the Formula One (F1) racing event and Presidential visits. These events required collaborations with various city and county departments, Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies that culminated in successful events.
An Austin native, Assistant Chief Munguia graduated from Austin High School in 1978 and earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree from Mid-Western State University. He joined the Austin Police Department in March 1984 and rose through the ranks of the Austin Police Department. After 26 years with the Austin Police Department, Asst. Chief Munguia was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in August 2010. After serving three years as an assistant chief, Munguia was appointed Chief of Staff in August 2013. Assistant Chief Munguia served as a key asset to the success of the Department and the safety of the community for nearly 31 years before his retirement January 20, 2015.
Chief of Police Gerald Lewis began his tenure as the UTSA Chief of Police on August 1, 2016. Chief Lewis is a 29 year police practitioner and served as the Chief of Police at East Carolina University, a CALEA-accredited law enforcement agency, and served in that role since January 2014—Prior to his tenure at ECU PD, Chief Lewis served for 26 years with the New Jersey State Police retiring in 2013 as a Major and Commanding Officer, including a critical command role during Hurricane Sandy—Chief Lewis holds an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in Administrative Sciences from the same institution, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member—Chief Lewis is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a member of IACP, PERF and NOBLE.
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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Last revised December 7, 2015