February 24, 2022 Update:
Chief of Police Glen Koen was officially sworn in by Mayor Kilgore at the City Council meeting on February 22, 2022. His family was present at the ceremony. Chief Koen's wife pinned his badge to his uniform (pictured) after the official swearing in took place. The full ceremony took place in front of councilmembers and residents in attendance at the meeting.
At the Special City Council meeting on Monday, November 1, 2021, Lakeway City Council unanimously approved the hire of Glen Koen as the next Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway. Chief Glen Koen is a graduate of Round Rock High School and the University of Texas in Austin (UT). Additionally, he graduated as valedictorian from the West Point Leadership Academy.
Chief Koen served in a variety of law enforcement roles with UT over the past two decades, including patrol officer, sergeant, detective sergeant, inspector and academy commander. He was one of the founding members of the System Rapid Response Team, a unit created to handle critical incidents for the UT system. He most recently served as Assistant Police Chief with the Mukilteo Police Department, which is a community just north of Seattle in Washington state. In that role, he also served as the Commander of the North Sound Metro SWAT Team, which is a multi-jurisdictional tactical team serving a population of around 370,000.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Lakeway community and contribute to the great work being done by the men and women of the Lakeway Police Department,” said Chief Koen. “Lakeway is a special place with leaders who are focused on responsible government and building a strong and healthy community. I very much look forward to joining the Lakeway team and doing my part to preserve, protect and enhance the Lakeway way of life.”
“We are thrilled to have Chief Koen as part of the Lakeway Police Department and team here with the City of Lakeway,” said Lakeway City Manager Julie Oakley. “His extensive experience in law enforcement and many years working in Central Texas will make for a smooth transition into this role as he takes over the leadership of our many great officers and staff at the Lakeway Police Department.”
Chief Koen comes to the City of Lakeway with a variety of certifications and training, including: a SWAT Operation Certification; Field Training Officer Certification; Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Instructor Certification; Mental Health Officer Certification; Crisis Intervention Training; Incident Command System Training; Basic Hostage Negotiation Training; and several others. His awards include two Supervisor of the Year honors, Instructor of the Year, Academy Commander Award of Excellence, and several other commendations.
“I’m confident that Chief Koen will set the example for and professionally lead the Lakeway Police Department,” said Lakeway Mayor Tom Kilgore. “Beyond his impressive resume are the clear leadership skills he brings to our department. Chief Koen shares our vision for a department that is fully trained, fully equipped and leads from the front. Under his command, the Lakeway Police Department will fulfill its mission to keep our community safe.”
The search for a new chief of police began the middle of this year with the city seeking input from the community and Lakeway staff. More than 40 individuals applied for the position. A community survey was sent over the summer to residents seeking input on the qualities the community wanted to see in the next chief of police. Additionally, a special committee was formed to assist in the hiring process.
Chief Koen’s first day in office will be Monday, November 22. A community meet-and-greet is being planned at the Lakeway Police Department in early December. More information on that event will be released in the next few weeks.
The City of Lakeway would like to thank the staff with the Lakeway Police Department and the community for their input during this process.