West Lake Hills Police Department welcomes new administrative coordinator

The West Lake Hills Police Department welcomed a new administrative coordinator. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The West Lake Hills Police Department welcomed a new administrative coordinator. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The West Lake Hills Police Department welcomed a new administrative coordinator. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

“I’m happy to say that fairly soon we’ll have a new face at City Hall,” Mayor Linda Anthony said during a virtual May 13 council meeting.

The West Lake Hills Police Department welcomed Melanie Forcier as the new administrative coordinator May 7.

The position was left open in February by Pam Williams, who served as the department’s administrative assistant for over 20 years. Her position title was eventually changed to administrative coordinator. Williams was instrumental in organizing the department’s National Night Out event, according to Chief of Police Scott Gerdes, who said she would be difficult to replace.

The search for Williams' replacement began immediately; however the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community soon after Williams' retirement, leading to changes in the hiring process.

The vacant position was advertised through the department’s website as well as through the online platform LinkedIn, according to Gerdes. Twenty-five individuals expressed interest, and 15 completed the 21-page application. The search was narrowed down to three applicants who were brought in for in-person interviews.



Forcier, a Hutto resident, recently earned her bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, communication and psychology from Concordia University of Texas. She has extensive experience with social media and event organization, according to a memorandum from Gerdes.

“We are excited to get Melanie on board, hopefully by the end of May, and look forward to what we will be able to accomplish moving forward,” Gerdes wrote.

Prior to beginning the position, Forcier will undergo a full background check and screening process, which is required for employees tasked with handling confidential information and evidence.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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