On Monday June 30th local residents got the chance to meet the three candidates to replace Rusty Pancoast as Bee Cave Police Chief when he retires at the end of September. Here are their details:
Chief Billy Tidwell began his career in law enforcement in Liberty, Texas in 1981 and has led their Police Department on two separate service periods since 1990. Chief Tidwell holds a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification; he also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and received his BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Chief Tidwell is a teacher and trainer having developed and taught Police Chief Leadership and Command Staff at the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
Chief Jerry Garner is currently leading the City of Greeley, Colorado Police Department; he’s been there since 2006. Chief Garner began his law enforcement career in Victoria, Texas in 1969 and was a patrolman in San Marcos, Texas. Chief Garner joined the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department in 1975; in 30 years there, he led the Patrol Division, the Information Management Division and the Administrative Services Division. Chief Garner holds a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration and received his BA in Journalism from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
Chief Gary Miller led the City of Boerne, Texas Police Department for 22 years. He then joined the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department as Chief Deputy. Chief Miller started his law enforcement career in 1976 in McAllen, Texas; became a Captain there before joining the University of Texas Police Department in Austin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration and received a BS in Law Enforcement from Southwest Texas State. He was the Director of the Texas Police Chief’s Association, Region 7 for nine years as well as the President of the Alamo Area Police Chief’s Association in 2012.