Police Chief Kevin Deaver, who has dedicated 35 years to law enforcement, with 25 of those years spent in the Lewisville Police Department, has announced his forthcoming retirement. Chief Deaver, who has served as the Chief of Police for the past five years, shared his plans to retire at the end of February.
"My plan has always been to retire after 35 years," Chief Deaver stated. "We have made many positive changes over the years, and we have a great department."
Chief Deaver's career began in February 1989 with the San Angelo Police Department before he joined the Lewisville Police Department in August 1998. His extensive journey in law enforcement includes roles ranging from Patrol Officer to his recent position as Chief of Police. He has been integral to various advancements within the department.
Lewisville City Manager Claire Powell commended Chief Deaver's leadership, saying, "I want to thank Chief Deaver for his years of steadfast leadership. He has been a strong leader, pushing for innovation, prioritizing community policing, caring about his employees, and building trust within the community."
Throughout his tenure, Chief Deaver emphasized professionalism, carrying forward the department's cultural values. He played a significant role in advocating for the construction of the new Tittle McFadden Public Safety Center and securing STEP pay for police communication and detention personnel. Additionally, he collaborated with Lewisville Fire Chief Mark McNeal to establish the City's first Mental Health Crisis Team (CoCare). Chief Deaver's efforts also led to staffing increases through a comprehensive departmental staffing study.
Chief Deaver navigated the department through various challenges, including the annexation of Castle Hills, the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the community response to the tragic killing of George Floyd.
Reflecting on his retirement, Chief Deaver shared his sentiment with his colleagues, saying, "I have built life-long friends since coming to Lewisville. The police department has some of the most dedicated people I have ever worked with, and I will miss seeing what they do for our community firsthand."
Chief Deaver's retirement will take effect on February 29, 2024. The search for his successor will begin immediately, as the city aims for a seamless transition in leadership.