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Posted on: April 23, 2021

City of New Braunfels Announces Police Chief Finalists

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After a nationwide search, the City of New Braunfels has announced that four finalists have been selected in the search for a Chief of Police.

The City was assisted in this search by Strategic Government Resources (SGR), an executive recruitment firm based in Keller, Texas, which conducted an extensive search that resulted in an impressive pool of qualified candidates.

“We were pleased to see such a strong field of diverse and qualified candidates,” said New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno. “A total of 62 qualified candidates from Texas and 15 other states around the country submitted their applications. We have since narrowed that field down to four finalists that we are now introducing to the New Braunfels community before a final selection is made.”

The four finalists are:

  • Troy Gay has served the Austin Police Department for over 30 years. He has served as Assistant Chief of Police since 2013. He has also served as a Commander and various other roles within the department. Gay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Applied Science from Texas State University, attended the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and is a Certified Public Manager.
  • Richard (Rich) Guajardo has over 20 years of law enforcement experience serving with the Austin Police Department and has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2018. Guajardo has also held the positions of South Patrol Bureau Chief, Communications Bureau Chief, Commander, Lieutenant, Risk Management Unit, Patrol Lieutenant with South Central Command, Sergeant, Internal Affairs Unit, Patrol Sergeant with the Park Unit and Northeast Area Command as well as Detective with the Homicide Unit. Guajardo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and has attended the Senior Management Institute for Police.
  • Keith Lane served with the City of Haltom City for 15 years in a variety of capacities including Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety, and City Manager. In 2020, Lane accepted the position of Interim Police Chief for the City of New Braunfels. Lane has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Colorado Christian University, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Lane has attended the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
  • Mark Schauer has served the Corpus Christi Police Department in a variety of positions since 1982 including Assistant Chief of Administration, Assistant Chief of Operations, Assistant Chief of Investigations, Commander of Special Operations, and Commander of Uniform Division among others. Schauer has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. Schauer has attended the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

These finalists will be visiting New Braunfels in the coming days in order to tour the community, visit with officers and employees at the Police Department, meet members of New Braunfels City Council, and continue the interview process with the selection team.

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