Lakeway City Council to consider resignation of police chief

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Lakeway City Council will review the resignation of the Lakeway police chief at its May 17 meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Lakeway City Council will review the resignation of the Lakeway police chief at its May 17 meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Lakeway City Council will meet May 17, and after formally bringing onboard new Mayor Tom Kilgore, will turn its attention to several items, including the resignation of its chief of police.

Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford submitted his resignation on May 14.

“The City of Lakeway will immediately begin a search to find a suitable replacement who will stay focused on the primary mission of our police department - to keep our community safe and pursue the department’s vision to remain dedicated to unsurpassed safety and service,” according to a statement released by Jarrod Wise, Lakeway communications director.

Recently, Lakeway City Council has been reviewing police department policies in executive session and is scheduled to do so again May 17.

At council’s April 26 meeting, members voted unanimously after an executive session to update city code to clarify the at-will status of city employees. Mayor Sandy Cox told Community Impact Newspaper that council action was, in part, to update city code to follow how the city has been operating. She said the police chief reports to the city manager and not the City Council.

Lakeway City Council then followed up at its next meeting May 3 with another executive session after which members voted unanimously to adopt 10 policies pertaining to the Lakeway Police Department. The exact content of those policies is the subject of a pending open records request by Community Impact Newspaper.

City staff is expected to ask the council May 17 to approve a termination agreement with the police chief that dates back to 2009, according to city documents.

For that same meeting, an executive session item will be discussed by council members that will include discussion of the city manager, city attorney, police chief, municipal judges and municipal prosecutor.

In other business, council is expected to consider the final plat for 11.03 acres of parkland in the Lakeway Highlands subdivision. Council annexed and zoned the land for a park in January after hearing concerns from residents of the nearby Crosswind community. Crosswind residents said at the time they were concerned about the possible impact of the park on the water quality in nearby Little Rough Hollow Cove.

The park will be called Rough Hollow Community Park, according to city documents.

Also, council is expected to hear a presentation from Legacy DCS about a proposed development on the western end of Flint Rock Road in an area of land that is within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. Staff will discuss with council how the project might impact a proposed extension of Flint Rock Road to Bee Creek Road, according to city documents.
By Greg Perliski
Greg edits Community Impact Newspaper's Lakeway/Lake Travis and Northwest Austin editions. During the course of his diverse career, he has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. You can reach him at [email protected]


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