About Us

The Largest Law Enforcement Association in Texas

The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) is the Voice of Texas Law Enforcement. TMPA was founded in 1950 and has protected the interests of law enforcement officers ever since. As the largest law enforcement association in Texas, TMPA is proud to represent more than 27,500 local, county and state law enforcement officers across Texas.

Focused on protecting those who serve, TMPA is committed to providing Texas law enforcement officers with:

TMPA Membership Options

  • Anyone working full-time in Texas law enforcement* or related public safety organizations can be a TMPA Member for $28 per month.
  • Anyone working less than full-time in Texas law enforcement or related public safety organizations can be a Reserve TMPA Member for $18 per month.
  • Anyone honorably retired from Texas law enforcement can be a Retired TMPA Member for $3 per month.

*Note that only full-time Texas peace officers can serve on the TMPA Board of Directors.

 

Join TMPA

Our Mission

The mission of TMPA is to promote professionalism in law enforcement through education and representation. While TMPA was founded by municipal police officers, our membership has grown to include all Texas law enforcement officers. In addition, anyone who works in a law enforcement agency in Texas or is under the direction of a chief administrator or elected official who holds a TCOLE peace officer’s license can join.

OUR TEAM

TMPA is led by a Board of Directors comprised of 19 full-time peace officers peace officers from municipal, county sheriffs, county constables, and school district law enforcement agencies. The Board of Directors sets policy, manages the financial resources, and oversees the legal plan. TMPA Board Members are elected at the TMPA Annual Conference. Learn more about how TMPA determines regions here.

Board of Directors

 


President
Aaron Crowell
Baytown PD


1st Vice President
Thomas Brown
College Station PD


2nd Vice President
Travis Hammond
Irving PD


3rd Vice President
Joe Tovar
New Braunfels PD


4th Vice President
Chris CeBallos
Arlington PD


Secretary
John DeSpain
Pearland PD


Treasurer
Mike Parker
Mesquite PD


Sergeant-at-Arms
Eddie Rogge
Pasadena PD


Past President
James Babb
Plano PD


Region 1
Russel May
McKinney PD


Region 2
Tommy Landis
Pearland PD


Region 3
Juan Pedraza
Hidalgo CO SO


Region 4
Joey Sepulveda
Balcones Heights PD


Region 5
James Gresham
Stephenville PD


Region 6
Ian Mader
College Station PD


Region 7
TJ Smetzer
Addison PD


Region 8
Kenneth Dew
Baytown PD


Region 9
Kenneth Gardner
Tyler PD


Region 10
Brett Worman
Arlington PD

Field Representatives

John Sierega
Director of Field Services

Dick Brock
Central Texas/Statewide

Bryan Flatt
Training Coordinator, Statewide

Yolanda Davis
Southeast Texas/Houston area

Leighton Guarnere
Houston Metro and East Texas

Clint McNear
Dallas/Fort Worth

Tony Rike
North Texas

JP Rodriguez
South Texas

Ray Wilkinson
South Central/Coastal Bend

John Wilkerson
North Central/West Texas/Panhandle

Bobby Guzman
Part-time, West Texas

Tyler Owen
Part-time, East Texas

Brandon Price
Part-time, Pandhandle

Buddy Rector
Part-time, East Texas

Executive Team

Kevin Lawrence

Executive Director

Kevin has served as the Executive Director since 2010 and the Deputy Executive Director from 2000 to 2010. During his 22-year career as a law enforcement officer, he also served on TMPA’s board for 10 years as the Treasurer and President. His favorite part of the job is traveling the state meeting and working with members and advocating for Texas law enforcement officers by lobbying at the State Capitol and in Washington.

Prior to TMPA, Kevin served with the Baytown Police Department as a Police Officer and Field Training Officer. He also worked as a Police Officer for the Southwestern University Police Department, and with the Georgetown Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant and Instructor. Kevin additionally spent 12 years with Seabrook Police Department where he served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, DARE Officer, and Sergeant, focusing on child abuse/family violence and juvenile law. Kevin holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and a TCOLE Instructor’s License. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and church.

Mitch Landry

Deputy Executive Director of Government Affairs

Mitch first became involved with TMPA as a member, then as a board member before serving as President in 2000 and finally becoming an employee. He was excited to accept the Deputy Executive Director of Government Affairs position because he believes it is an honor to work with members on issues that affect them on a daily basis. He enjoys working with everyone at TMPA because they all really care about members and the programs TMPA offers. Prior to TMPA, Mitch served with the San Angelo Police Department. His assignments included Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Narcotics. Mitch holds a BA from Angelo State University. Outside of work he enjoys hobbies such as golf, running, and poker.

Mitch Slaymaker

Deputy Executive Director of Operations

Mitch has served as a TMPA board member for ten years before finally becoming the Deputy Executive Director of Operations. He was a sergeant in the patrol division for the Brownwood Police Department, has 18 years of law enforcement experience, and over 25 years of experience in association management. Mitch is a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College with a law and security administration degree majoring in police education. Mitch is excited to work full time at TMPA because he believes in TMPA’s ideals: doing what is right, providing outstanding customer service to members, and promoting professionalism in policing. Outside of work Mitch enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, camping, riding motocross and ATV’s, and woodworking.

Kristi Espino

Controller

Kristi is the Controller for TMPA and her favorite part of the job is the people she works with. Prior to TMPA, she worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, California for 10 years as their VP of Finance where she oversaw the accounting department and human resources. Before that, she was the Controller for a real estate company in Maryland. Kristi holds a BA in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Outside of work she is focused on raising her son and enjoys cooking, wine, and traveling to see family and friends.

Jeff Olbrich

Director of Administration and Special Programs

Jeff has been with TMPA since early 2000 as the Director of Administration and Special Programs. His favorite part of the job is that he gets to work with all of the divisions at TMPA. Prior to TMPA, Jeff was with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education as the Deputy Chief, Credentialing Services. During his time at TCLEOSE (now TCOLE) he oversaw a variety of functions including Information Resources, Examinations, Data Entry, Licensing and Certification, Investigations, Field Services, Agency Audits, and Training Provider Evaluations. Jeff holds a Ph.D., Masters, and BA with the University of Texas, Austin. Outside of work he teaches college and enjoys UT sports.

Randy Doubrava

General Counsel

Randy provides general counsel for TMPA. In this role he advises TMPA on legal and business issues, manages TMPA’s legal defense plan, and provides legal advice to members and local associations. His favorite part of the job is helping TMPA, its members, and local associations solve the difficult problems they are confronted with. Prior to TMPA, Randy was a private practice attorney for 19 years. During this time he was a partner with Brown McCarroll, LLP and Hilgers and Watkins, PC, and an attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Randy holds a JD in Law with honors and a BBA in Finance with highest honors from the University of Texas, Austin. Outside of work he has a passion for coaching youth sports including basketball, football and soccer, and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and children.

John Sierega

Director of Field Services

John joined TMPA in 2007 after retiring from the Inglewood Police Department. As the Director of Field Services, he enjoys traveling the state meeting and visiting with TMPA members. John is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy and holds an advanced certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Outside of work his favorite thing to do is spend time with his son and daughter. His other hobbies include cycling, cooking, going to the rodeo, and Texas football.

TMPA Cares About Officers And Their Families

“I have never witnessed or been a part of an organization who cares so much about their officers AND their families…Recently, I have spoken with both Mitch and David from TMPA, and both men were beyond kind, compassionate, and understanding. Both of them went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined in order to ensure our needs were met.”

History

1940s

The foundation was laid for the creation of TMPA when Doyle Willis was elected to the Texas Legislature with the support of many officers. The Police and Firemen’s Civil Service Act became law in 1947 and the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) was created.

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Governor Buford Jester signs the Police and Fireman’s Civil Service Act in 1947.

1950s

TMPA was created by a group of officers representing Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Waco, Austin and Abilene. The first TMPA conference was held and TMPA dues were $2.00 per year. TMPA also found success at the Texas state Capitol and reported passage of many law enforcement and criminal justice bills, including a bill that gave officers the right to petition for a referendum on their pay.

1960s

TMPA advocated for the successful founding of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Other legislative victories were the passage of enhanced benefits for retirees, surviving spouse benefits, and dues check off. TMPA membership continued to grow. TMPA membership dues increased to $3.00 per year.

1970s

Collective bargaining, education incentives and engagement in political activities were a few of the legislative accomplishments of TMPA. The Houston Police Officers Association discontinued their membership with TMPA. A competing law enforcement association was created and overall TMPA membership declined. TMPA dues increased to $1.00 per month and membership was opened to include state and county officers in addition to municipal officers.

1980s

TMPA hired its first Executive Director. Membership was broadened to include school district, college and university officers. A comprehensive legal assistance plan was implemented and membership began a steady upward growth. TMPA dues were $2.00 per month. Enrollment in the optional legal plan was an additional $5.00 per month.

1990s

TMPA membership doubled, primarily because our legal plan had become the best in the country. TMPA championed the passage of a bill that would provide some protections against polygraph abuse, and others that enhanced TMRS, including 20 year retirement. TMPA opened membership up to communications officers, corrections officers and other non-sworn members.

2000s

The second Executive Director in the history of TMPA was hired. A comprehensive strategic plan was developed and implemented. TMPA sought and was awarded funding for innovative training programs. TMPA membership exploded to more than 17,000 members strong.

2010s

TMPA hired its third Executive Director and membership passed the 20,000 mark. TMPA regained our position as the largest law enforcement association in Texas, a position we had not held since the 1980s. In response to legislative attacks on pensions, TMPA became a founding member of the Texas Law Enforcement Council which unites law enforcement labor groups to work together and further common goals and interest.

Past Presidents

2017

James Babb | Frisco PD

2016

Alan Rogan | Frisco PD

2015

Heath Wester | Grand Prairie PD

2014

Mitch Slaymaker | Brownwood PD

2013

Josh Thurlkill | Allen PD

2012

David Russell | Frisco PD

2011

Trae Morris | Pasadena ISD PD

2010

Jimmy De Los Santos | Galveston PD

2009

Eddie Wilkerson | Pasadena PD

2007-08

Lon Craft | Baytown PD

2005-06

Jerome McKown | La Porte PD

2003-04

John Rodriguez | San Angelo PD

2001-02

John Gottlob | Fort Worth PD

2000

Mitch Landry | San Angelo PD

1999

Billy J. Meeks | Plano PD

1998

Chuck Brawner | Spring Branch ISD PD

1997

Rick Ashe | Temple PD

1996

Dick Brock | San Angelo PD

1994-95

Kevin Lawrence | Seabrook PD

1993

Collin Armistead | Plano PD

1992

Chris Heaton | Plano PD

1991

R.R. “Cowboy” Metcalf | Pasadena PD

1990

Malissa Chadwick | Waco PD

1989

Nona Holomon | Seabrook PD

1988

Bill Elkin | Houston PD

1987

Teddy Long | San Angelo PD

1986

Sammy Jacobs | La Porte PD

1985

Reese Knight | Waco PD

1984

Clifford Long | San Angelo PD

1983

Jim Lyde | Pasadena PD

1982

Jerry Spain | Austin PD

1981

Ronny Rigney | Waco PD

1980

Dick Hickman | Dallas PD

1979

Val Ramirez | Galveston PD

1978

Ed Urias | Wichita Falls PD

1977

John Cunningham | Fort Worth PD

1976

H.E.O. Stieg | Waco PD

1974-75

A.J. Burke | Houston PD

1973

Bob Barnett | El Paso PD

1972

Gene Wilson | Beaumont PD

1971

Ike Garza | San Antonio PD

1970

E.L. Gilbert | Pasadena PD

1969

W.J. Smith | Corpus Christi PD

1968

B.J. Stevens | Fort Worth PD

1967

V.G. Grady | Brownwood PD

1966

V.R. Silva | Greenville PD

1965

J.A. Knigge | Houston PD

1964

Dan Talkington | Dallas PD

1963

Gerald Byrd | Sweetwater PD

1962

Dayton Murray | El Paso PD

1961

Troy Willie | Abilene PD

1960

R. L. Lillard | Waco PD

1959

Dwight Johnston | Fort Worth PD

1958

Robert Hernandez | San Antonio PD

1957

H.C. Shubert | Wichita Falls PD

1955-56

F.E. Watson | Texarkana PD

1954

H.E. Shipp | West University Place PD

1953

H.L. Ellisor | Houston PD

1952

W. Joe Perry | Austin PD

1951

A.C. Howerton | Fort Worth PD

1950

Earl Maughmer | Houston PD