Burnet County Sheriff's Office


Planning helps prevent active shooter incidents

By Phil Reynolds

Burnet Bulletin

Law enforcement officers from all over Burnet County gave more than 100 people tips on staying alive during an active shooter incident Thursday evening at the Marble Falls High School auditorium.

Burnet County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Weems, who led the hour-long event, said the first big step toward avoiding being a victim is to have a plan.

In a prepared presentation, Weems played the tape of the call to 9-1-1 operators during the mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Listening to the tape, Weems said it was obvious no one had planned for such an event – and at that time, they had no reason to. Fewer students might have died if there had been a plan in effect, he hinted.

Since then, it’s become obvious that such events can happen, and while no one wants to be part of one, it’s important to decide ahead of time what to do if it does occur, he said.


Cadets complete CTC Police Academy


The newest member of the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department, David Walenta, left, receives congratulations from fellow officers during the Central Texas College Police Academy graduation ceremony.

The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy held a graduation ceremony Saturday, Dec. 2, for 24 cadets completing the Basic Peace Officer course.

All graduates passed the state licensing exam prior to graduation with an average score of 87 percent and are now eligible to become peace officers in Texas. The class average for the entire course was 92 percent. At the start of the course, only nine of the 24 cadets were sponsored by a law enforcement agency. By graduation all but six cadets were hired by local agencies and those six are currently in the process of being hired.


Burnet County Sheriff's employee dies in apparent murder-suicide

Facebook photo of Millie and Deborah Chance taken from Millie Chance's Facebook page.

A Burnet County Sheriff's Office employee died Friday morning in what officials believe may have been a murder-suicide at a Lampasas home.

Millie Chance, 24, worked in the Burnet County Jail. She died Friday morning at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she had been airlifted the previous day.

Lampasas police officers had responded just before noon Thursday to a disturbance call at a residence at 702 W. North Ave. after a woman called 911 to ask for help, but the call was disconnected. When officers arrived, they knocked on the door but got no answer. Then, they heard two noises that appeared to be gunshots coming from inside the house.

Officers forced entry into the home and found Deborah Chance, 47, dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Millie Chance was still alive, but had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. A post on the Burnet County Sheriff's Office Facebook page on Friday announced Millie Chance's death.


Boyd announces new chief deputy

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers
In front of the Burnet County Law Enforcement Center Monday, Dec. 19, Burnet County Sheirff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his command officers for the announcement of new Chief Deputy Mike Cummings. Pictured, from left, are Capt. Ricky Bindseil, incoming Administrative Capt. Chris Jett, incoming Sheriff Boyd, incoming Chief Deputy Cummings and CID/SOU Capt. Dwight Hardin. Not pictured is Burnet County Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd introduced his choice for a new chief deputy Monday, Dec. 19, introducing Mike Cummings of Houston at a morning press conference.

“Mike Cummings has a great resume and he is going to be really good for the Sheriff's Office,” said Boyd. “There is a lot of excitement in the Sheriff's Office.”

Boyd, who won his post handily in the Republican Primary, will quietly take the oath of office at midnight on New Year's Eve to step into the shoes of retiring Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith.

He went on to enumerate the chain of command reporting to Cummings: Chris Jett, as the new administrative captain; Capt. Ricky Bindseil, continuing as patrol captain; Capt. Dwight Hardin, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Special Operations Unit (SOU), and Capt. Matt Kimbler, in charge of the Burnet County Jail.


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