Meet the Lakeway Police Department
Todd Radford currently serves as Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway, Texas. He has a unique background in the field of law enforcement spanning over 31 years. He has active experience in state, county and municipal law enforcement, from the operations level to the chief executive’s office. Todd has held his current position as the Chief of Police for 11 years.
As a police chief, Todd was the first Chief in Texas to implement the use of body cameras by his patrol force. He was the first to have his entire patrol force certified as mental health officers. He is the currently the only Chief in Texas to have a five tiered wellness program for all certified personnel, which includes trimester fitness testing, medical/cardiac screenings, a yearly psychological review, a funded nutritional program and a financial wellness program for his employees.
Todd is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) at Harvard University, Trilogy award recipient from FBI-LEEDA and an honor graduate from the International Associations Leading Police Organizations program (IACP). He has attained formal education by earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership, and is completing a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
Todd is an accomplished facilitator and national police trainer. He has been teaching a variety of topics for more than 25 years. He has taught courses for various federal agencies for over 18 years as well. Todd is currently an instructor for the FBI – Law Enforcement Executives Development Association and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – HSI division. He speaks to police executives across the country, about current issues in policing and leadership. In addition, Todd is a featured instructor at numerous other venues throughout the year.
Todd serves as a board member for Sigma Health, vice chairperson of the CAPCOG - Law Enforcement Education committee and serves as the president of the Law Enforcement Executives of Central Texas.
Todd has lived in the Lakeway area since 2004. He and his wife Rita have been together for 33 years, they have two sons. Their oldest son Taylor is a former United States Marine sniper and currently serves with the Austin Police department as a police officer. Their youngest son Kelby is a former banker and now serves with the Austin Police department as a police officer.
Captain David Crowder has been a law enforcement professional for 36 years and member of the Lakeway Police Department for 25 years. During his tenure with Lakeway P.D., he has been assigned as a Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He achieved the rank of Captain in 2009.
Captain Crowder has oversight of department personnel in Communications, Patrol and Investigations. In addition, he serves as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Lakeway. Captain Crowder is a U.S. Air Force veteran; he holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Austin Community College.
Captain Crowder served as the founding President of the Lakeway Police Officer’s Association. He is a Trilogy award recipient and FBI-LEEDA member as well as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He serves as the coordinator of the Lakeway Citizen’s Police Academy and is the department liaison for Public Safety Day and National Night Out.
Captain David Crowder
Lieutenant Ricky Gavit
Ricky Gavit currently serves as a Lieutenant for the Lakeway Police Department. Ricky began his law enforcement career with the Lakeway Police Department in July of 2001. During his time in Lakeway, he has served the department in numerous positions from patrol officer to detective prior to his promotion to Lieutenant in March 2017.
As a Lieutenant with the Lakeway Police Department Ricky is responsible for Patrol, Special Operations, and the Reserve divisions of the agency. Ricky is the lead firearms instructor for the agency and teaches many other classes to both the police department, and the public.
Ricky is a graduate of Austin Community College where he earned his associates degree in Criminal Justice, and is currently pursuing his bachelor degree from Tarleton State University.
Ricky is an honors graduate of the Austin Police Department Leadership Academy, and a Trilogy award recipient from FBI-LEEDA. Ricky holds a Master Peace Officer license through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Ricky holds many other instructor certifications to include Master Firearms Instructor through the International Association Law Enforcement Firearms, and is a Tactical Firearms Instructor through the NRA.
Ricky and his wife Monica have been married for 16 years have, and have three children. He enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with his family.
David Law currently serves as a Lieutenant with the Lakeway Police Department. Lt. Law has held his current position for 3 years. He supervises two of the four Patrol Shifts and the Criminal Investigation Unit. Lt. Law also serves as the assistant Emergency Operations Officer for the City of Lakeway. Lt. Law began his Law Enforcement career of some 33 years with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in December of 1987 and retired in 2017. While employed by the Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Law served as a Deputy assigned as a patrol officer and then a motorcycle officer. He promoted to Detective where he was assigned to Burglary, Auto Theft, and Major Crimes. He then promoted to Sergeant where he worked in Special Operations, Narcotics, and Patrol. During his time at the sheriff’s office, Lt. Law led the Sheriffs Response Team deployment to other cities and states for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike.
Lt. Law is a Trilogy award recipient from FBI-LEEDA, a Law Enforcement Instructor, and a Firearms Instructor. He holds a Masters Peace Officers license and has 3102 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours.
Lt. Law has been a resident of the Lake Travis area since 1974. He attended Dripping Springs High School, Texas A&M University, and Austin Community College. David enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf. Lt. Law has been a member of River City Scholarship Barbeque Team for the past 20 years and is still involved in that nonprofit organization, as well as Special Olympics.
Comm. Director Barbi Stuart
My name is Barbi Stuart I am 50 years old and have been a police/911 dispatcher for 26 years. Mother of 2 great kids a son Kyle 24 and daughter Kaitlyn 22. I started my career with the Beaumont Police Department as a Call taker/dispatcher. After my first year of employment I was asked to be field training officer in the dispatch office. I trained many dispatchers as well as officers in my career. From there I became a shift supervisor for the department which I held until 2009 when our department went to a combined dispatch and I was promoted to assistant manager until I retired in 2014 after 20 years with the department. In my 20 years of service with Beaumont Police I worked through many ups and downs that come with the job. I worked to help find missing children, talk several distraught people from wanting to hurt themselves, deliver babies and worked through so many hurricanes I cannot name them all. Handled mass shooting at the county courthouse and had to bury several of my co-workers friends in blue that were killed in the line of duty.
After I retired I took some much needed time off and relaxed and spent time with my kids before I realized I missed the job and went back to work with my hometown police department, Nederland Police. There I was a dispatcher for 5 years and responsible for dispatching police, fire, ems for 3 cities Nederland, Port Neches, Groves. My proudest moment while working for Nederland Police was the saving of a disabled child that was left home alone with his young brother and the house caught fire. Along with my partner and the great work of the officers and firemen on scene we were able to rescue the children and they are still alive today. I also worked 2 hurricanes while there and the horrible TPC explosion my last 2 weeks with this department.
I am now with the Lakeway Police department and proud to be here. I am learning this community has a true love for their first responders and am so happy to find my new home here.