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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!
Don Verett was appointed Acting Chief of Police of The University of Texas at Austin in March 2021. Chief Verett earned a B.A. from Texas State University and a MEd from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #247. He is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy which was a joint effort between the Austin Police Department and The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Verett began his career as a patrol officer with the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He has commanded all areas of The University of Texas at Austin Police Department during his career.
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.
Kenith Adcox has served as the Chief of Police for The University of Texas Medical Branch since 2018. Prior to taking over this post, Chief Adcox served as the Chief of Police for the City of La Porte (TX), where he retired after ten years. He joined the La Porte Police Department in July 2008 after retiring from the El Paso Police Department. He retired from the El Paso Police Department, with 21 years of service, at the rank of Assistant Chief of Police.
During his tenure, Chief Adcox has worked a wide range of line, supervisory, and management assignments, including positions in patrol operations, Gang Task Force, Crimes Against Children, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics/Vice, Major Crimes, Internal Affairs, and Special Operations. Chief Adcox is also a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute’s Command Leadership College, Northwestern University’s Senior Leadership Program and School of Police Staff and Command, the Southern Police Institute Executive Leadership Course, the Peen State Justice Institute Police Executive Development Program, the Texas FBI National Academy Associates Law Enforcement Management Course, and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Course
Chief Adcox has a strong academic background with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He also holds two graduate degrees, including a Master’s of Public Administration Degree, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration, from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the U.S. Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, California. He has also earned a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University and engaged in post-graduate studies while in pursuit of a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management.
Chief Adcox continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at both the undergraduate and graduate teaching levels. He is also a military veteran having served in the US Army Reserve including service during Operation Desert Storm. Chief Adcox is a Certified Public Manager and the author of a number of published works on public safety, terrorism and policing.
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 Marcus 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, Chief 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 oversaw 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 Sheriff'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.
In early 2017, Chief Cruz joined U.T. System Police as Assistant Chief of Police with the U.T. Rio Grande Valley Police Department. He served for three years in that position and promoted to Chief of Police in February of 2020.
Chief Adan Cruz began his law enforcement career in 1990 after graduating from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Training Academy in Austin. Chief Cruz served for five years in the Texas Highway Patrol stationed in Weslaco, Port Isabel, and Brownsville. In 1995, he promoted to Sergeant-Investigator in the DPS Narcotics Service. Chief Cruz spent the next 21 years with the DPS Criminal Investigations Division in various stations and assignments along the Texas border from Brownsville to Alpine in the Big Bend. Chief Cruz promoted to the position of CID Captain and retired in 2016.
Chief Cruz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.
Chief Cruz is married with four children. He remained active in his community throughout his career coaching Little League Baseball in the towns where he was stationed as a DPS Officer. Chief Cruz remains involved as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Los Fresnos, Texas.
Chief Stephanie Schoenborn has been with the UTSA Police Department since 1993, first serving in an administrative role before becoming a police officer in 1995, graduating from the 60th UT System Basic Police Academy.
She is a proud two-time alum of the University of Texas at San Antonio, having earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and her Master's Degree in Public Administration. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 238th Session. Serving as a member of the executive board for the Texas Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates from 2012-2020 and appointed President of the board in 2019. Schoenborn also serves as chairperson for the Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
In 2016, she was promoted to Captain and assumed responsibility for the administrative operations of Public Safety, including management of the police department budget, employment, internal affairs, background checks and other critical functions. Prior to this assignment, she served in areas of the department to include Patrol Operations, Training, Quartermaster, Fleet Services, Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services. She is very proud of her service as the commander of the department Honor Guard team.
Schoenborn served as Interim Assistant Chief of Police at UT Medical Branch, Galveston for a period in 2018. She received the Distinguished Command Award from the UT System Office of the Director of Police for her service. In April 2021 she was named Interim Chief of Police at UT San Antonio.
Chief Schoenborn is dedicated to utilizing her years of experience with UT San Antonio PD to further develop opportunities for community involvement, improving retention and hiring of department personnel and creating specialized response units.
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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