Over the past several months, the TCSOA PAC has been actively searching for a viable candidate to replace Sheriff Hamilton who has decided not to seek re-election in 2016. We have met with several candidates (some that have already filed and others that have not) that have expressed interest in running for the office of Sheriff. Our search lead us to Chief Todd Radford. After several meetings and discussions with Todd, the PAC has decided to endorse Todd for Sheriff. Todd brings a wealth of experience to the table and is the most qualified candidate in this race. We are proud to put our stamp of approval on Todd. We believe he is transparent, compassionate and innovative and he will continue to transform our department by building on what Sheriff Hamilton started nearly 12 years ago.
Todd is a graduate of Mountain State University earning both a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's of Science degree in Strategic Leadership. Todd is currently working on a second masters degree at American Military University with hopes of starting his Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Safety Administration in the Fall.
Todd started his law enforcement career with the Travis County Sheriff's Office in 1987. During his tenure at TCSO he was assigned to patrol, investigations, field training, as a SWAT team member, and training academy instructor. After serving 11 years at the Sheriff's Office, Todd went to work for the Texas A&M University System, Texas Engineering Extension Service - Law Enforcement Training Division as an instructor, specializing topics ranging from leadership, to close quarter combat and tactical operations. He was reassigned to the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, at Texas A&M for an initiative under the Department of Justice as an instructor and coordinator for counter terrorism training. He and his team were tasked to research, coordinate and deliver courses focused on conducting risk/vulnerability assessments for cities throughout the United States as it related to aspects of domestic/international terrorism for four years. Todd was then recruited by the Texas Attorney General's Office-Criminal Investigation Division and assumed the duties of divisional Training Coordinator. In February of 2007, Todd joined the Lakeway Police Department as the Patrol Lieutenant. In October of 2009, Todd was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway, Texas. Todd oversees the daily operations of the agency and its many divisions which include patrol services, investigations, the dispatch center, animal control, and the emergency management office.
Through the leadership of Chief Radford, The Lakeway Police Department implemented a policy that all officers wear a body camera. The body camera policy was implemented 3 years ago and the Lakeway Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in Texas to implement such a policy.
The State of Texas recognizes Todd as a master level peace officer, and as instructor in numerous disciplines. Todd speaks and provides training in a variety of topics throughout the United States and aboard for law enforcement professionals at the local, county, state and federal levels.
Throughout his 27 years of law enforcement service Todd has received multiple awards, certificates and accolades for his achievements in his chosen profession. In 2010, The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce recognized Chief Todd Radford as their "Citizen of the Year" for his many contributions to the Lake Travis community. Chief Radford is very active in his community serving in the Leadership Lake Travis Program as an advisor, dancing in the local area dancing with the stars, and serving as a mentor with the high school during their job shadowing project.
Todd and his wife Rita have been married 25 years and have two grown sons Taylor and Kelby. The Radford's lived in Lakeway for 10 years and are current residents of Briarcliff