City Manager Doug Thomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa G. Womack as successor Police Chief for the City of Lakeland following the recent retirement of Chief Roger Boatner.
Doug Thomas stated, “On behalf of the Police Chief Selection Committee, we were all very impressed with Chief Womack’s breadth of experience in various departments, including posts as Chief of Police in Sugarland, Texas, and Elgin, Illinois, coupled with her tenure and responsibilities with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department. She is a nationally recognized law enforcement leader, and her associated credentials as a Commissioner on the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and IACP Foundation, have exposed her to best practices across the country which will be of great benefit to the Lakeland Police Department.”
“Our recruitment and selection process allowed us to attract and evaluate the talents of six highly skilled law enforcement professionals. Over the past week, many people have commented to me that I will have a difficult choice to make in the selection of the final candidate, which is exactly the desired outcome of such a process.”
“Chief Womack has received outstanding references from both current and former employers, department personnel, and law enforcement colleagues. Chief Womack has also obtained the full support of the Administration, the Police Chief Selection Committee, and Lakeland PBA leadership.”
Chief Womack is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the Arlington Police Department overseeing their Field Operations/Patrol Bureau. As a function of that position, she has been responsible for overseeing the coordination of the Arlington Police Department’s field operations response for various major special events including the recent Major League Baseball World Series and Big 12 Championship football games, the latter of which drew attendance of more than 100,000 people. Chief Womack is currently planning police department operations in conjunction with the upcoming Super Bowl XLV scheduled to take place in Texas Stadium in 2011. Her commitment to that project is the reason for the delay in assuming her new post as Chief of Lakeland Police Department until March 15, 2011. In the interim, Assistant Chief Charles Thompson will be appointed as Acting Chief.
Thomas added: “Chief Womack’s previous experience in holding positions as the first female Chief in Sugarland, Texas, and the first woman to hold a rank above Sergeant in Elgin, Illinois, will likely benefit her in Lakeland as she will also become the first female Chief of the Lakeland Police Department.”
Doug Thomas further stated, “Her career to date reflects demonstrated skills as a collaborative leader, consensus builder, innovator, excellent communicator, developer of local partnerships, and mentor to many in the field of law enforcement. She has a passion for local government and community policing and I am confident that her leadership will be an excellent fit for both the Lakeland Police Department and the community as a whole.”
Chief Womack grew up in Longview, Texas, where she was an avid fan of tennis. She played tennis in high school and also in college at Texas Woman’s University. Aside from tennis, she also enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities as well as many sports. Chief Womack stated she is a big fan of “basketball, baseball, and football – in that order.” She
also enjoys running to stay fit and reading. She has been very fond of new technology that allows you to read with a portable electronic device and finds this to be a convenient and efficient way to maintain a personal library.
Chief Womack is looking forward to the great Florida weather that will allow her to participate in outdoor activities all year ‘round. “Being able to go to the beach every now and then on the weekend will also be a new experience.”
Chief Womack commented: “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve the Lakeland community with the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department. I hope to continue the tradition of the Lakeland Police Department in providing outstanding professional police service. I have always maintained a visible presence in
the public eye, and I intend to represent the Lakeland Police Department within the community to the best of my ability. One of my first orders of business will be to hold community meetings and make myself available to the public. I believe the purpose and mission of police is to serve the public and to make a positive difference in the
Chief Womack has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Women’s University. She also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2002. Chief Womack will officially begin as Chief of Police for the City of Lakeland on March 15, 2011. Chief Womack’s family is also very proud of her accomplishments. Chief Womack’s husband is Jimmy Womack and she has a daughter, Hailey, and stepson, Brad. She also has two grandsons; Braiden and Landen. Chief Womack stated, “My
family and I are looking forward to calling Lakeland home.”
Media inquiries should be directed to Sergeant Terri Smith, PIO, at 863.834.6917. This information also posted on www.insidelpd.com.