Rooted in Our Community
My family roots in Bastrop County go back to the 1860s, when my great-grandfather Marshall Davis moved the family to Elgin and served as a circuit preacher for the Baptist church. I was born in Austin, Texas, and lived there until 1987. My father was a member of the Austin Police Department, which at that time required that all officers had to live within the city limits. In 1971 my parents bought a farm in Red Rock, Texas, my father intending to retire there. My father and I built my house on the family farm in 1987.
Third Generation in Law Enforcement
My family has been in law enforcement since 1926 when my grandfather Albert Renck joined the Austin Police Department, retiring in 1962. My father Raymond Renck joined my grandfather on the Austin Police Department in 1950 (the first father and son to serve on APD at the same time), retiring in 1982. My mother Beulah Renck and sister Rayona Meuth, both were with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, and my cousin Mike Dunn is currently our third generation to serve on the Austin Police Department.
Broad-Based Education and Experience
I graduated from (Southwest) Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in education, with a secondary teaching certificate. I continued there with my post-graduate education, working in educational administration before changing to criminal justice administration after becoming employed with the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office in 1990. In December, 1991 I began my federal law enforcement career, graduating February 1992 from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. In May 1996 I graduated from advanced training, FLETC, Artesia, New Mexico. I was sent to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, for hostage negotiation training in 1991.
In early 1992, I began a 21-year career as a correctional officer at the federal prison in Bastrop, where I dealt with hardened criminals on a daily basis. I retired in December 2012. I currently work for a private contractor to the Bastrop Independent School District and am responsible for installing and maintaining security and safety systems at the schools. Previously, I was an instructor at the Gary Job Corps Law Enforcement and Security Training Academy in San Marcos.
Over the years I have become involved with many organizations:
On A Personal Note
I love animals. We currently have four dogs (three large outside dogs and one small inside dog) and four cats (two outside and two inside/outside). There are 24 chickens in our large chicken coop. It's fun to watch them run around chasing grasshoppers and other insects. The best part of having chickens is the fresh eggs!
Both my cousin Mike and I are third-generation law enforcement officers. Here we are with Mike's wife, rooting for our alma mater, Texas State University.
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Some of my cadets practicing protecting themselves during pepper spray training.