Kim Lemaux, an
Arlington, Texas, deputy police chief with more than three decades of law
enforcement experience and expertise in training, operations and event safety
management, has been named chief of the UT Arlington Police Department.
Lemaux is a UT Arlington alumna who earned her undergraduate degree in
business management. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in
security management through American Public University.
At UT Arlington,
Lemaux will lead a department that includes 38 sworn officers, 56 guards,
police communications and emergency management staff and oversee a $6.7 million
annual budget. Her first day will be July 1.
President James D. Spaniolo called Lemaux’s law enforcement
credentials impressive, noting her significant background in training, criminal
analysis and strategic planning. Lemaux’s extensive experience in community-based
policing and collaborations with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas
Cowboys, among other major organizations, made her the ideal candidate to lead
the University’s police force, he said.
“Chief Lemaux has a
deep and diverse law enforcement background in all facets of law enforcement,”
Spaniolo said. “She is a consummate professional and a leader who is deeply
invested in our community and our University. We could not be more pleased that
she is joining the UT Arlington team.”
Heidingsfield, director of police for The University of Texas System, worked
with Lemaux early in his career with the Arlington Police Department. He said
she is “the perfect choice” for UT Arlington police chief.
“Her career at the
Arlington Police Department has given her exposure to every facet of policing
including spending a great deal of time dealing with the crime and public
safety issues that inevitably encroach onto campus,” Heidingsfield said. “Her
personable style, willingness to listen and commitment to the community she
serves are all hallmarks of a great police chief in the making. I am delighted
she is joining us.”
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.
“I want to build
our capacity to make UT Arlington the safest and most secure campus it can be,”
Lemaux said. “Coming from an organization that deeply values community-based
policing and collaboration with other organizations is going to help me
She added: “I’m
honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve UT Arlington.”
John Hall, vice
president for administration and campus operations, supervises the UT Arlington
Police Department. He expressed appreciation to the search committee that
identified Lemaux as the strongest candidate for chief and credited Assistant Police
Chief Ricardo Gomez and the UT Arlington police command staff for their work to
ensure a smooth transition to Lemaux’s administration.
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, Hall said.
“Chief Lemaux has a
real passion for serving the University and our community,” Hall said. “Her
leadership style will serve our University and our police department
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