CHIEF OF POLICE
Gary Boshears was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Lago Vista on September 1, 2022, following a nationwide search. Chief Boshears has over 22 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Boshears’ career began as a correctional officer with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. After attending the Central Texas College Police Academy, Chief Boshears served as a patrol deputy for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office and later as a police officer and canine handler for the City of Granite Shoals. While working for the City of Granite Shoals, Chief Boshears obtained the ranks of Patrol Sergeant in 2010 and Captain in 2013. Chief Boshears was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Granite Shoals in May of 2016 and served in that capacity until his appointment as the Chief of Police for the City of Lago Vista.
Chief Boshears has received over 5,000 hours of continuing education and holds numerous professional certifications including Master Peace Officer, Advanced Instructor, Firearm Instructor, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Instructor, and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Instructor. Chief Boshears is an instructor for the statewide Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator Course.
Chief Boshears earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2013 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Chief Boshears is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College, a prestigious and nationally recognized law enforcement leadership development program. A paper authored by Chief Boshears on law enforcement leadership development has been published at the Sam Houston State University Newton Gresham Library. Chief Boshears is currently pursuing his Doctor of Strategic Leadership Degree from Liberty University with an estimated graduation in late-2025.
Chief Boshears is a member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP). In 2023, Chief Boshears was selected by the IACP to serve on three working groups to develop model policies on Active Shooter Response, Duty to Intervene, and Specialized Units. Chief Boshears has volunteered for and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and non-profit organizations. In August of 2023, Chief Boshears was appointed by the President of the IACP to serve on the IACP’s Community Policing Committee.
In his spare time, Chief Boshears enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, cooking, and doing anything outdoors. Chief Boshears is a fitness enthusiast and has completed dozens of obstacle course races.
Paul Chrane was hired as the Captain of the Lago Vista Police Department in November 2022. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a Deputy Jailer with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in the South Plains Association of Government Regional Law Enforcement Academy, graduating as valedictorian of the 2003 Day Academy class and receiving his Peace Office License. He took his first patrol job as a Deputy for the Garza County Sheriff’s Office until moving to Central Texas in late 2005. There, he began working for the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer before becoming the Estray Deputy and Animal/Livestock Cruelty Investigator. He then reserved for the Garza County Sheriff’s Office from 2008 to 2010 while helping run a family-owned business.
He returned to full-time law enforcement with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 until joining the Granite Shoals Police Department as a patrol officer in 2013. He was promoted to CID Sergeant in May 2016 and remained with Granite Shoals PD until 2021. In 2022, he returned to Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, serving as a Court Security Deputy and the IT Project Manager before getting the opportunity to return to work for Chief Boshears in Lago Vista.
As part of his continuing education, Captain Chrane has accumulated nearly 3000 training hours. He currently holds a certification through TCOLE as a Master Peace Officer, Sexual Assault/Family Violence Investigator, Basic Instructor, Firearm Instructor, and Field Training Officer. Captain Chrane has begun working toward earning the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation Law Enforcement Command Officer Program (LECOP) certification. He was also recently accepted into the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College, (LEMIT LCC) law enforcement leadership development program.
When not at work, Captain Chrane spends his free time with his family, enjoying camping, kayaking, precision shooting, and taking motorcycle rides on scenic Texas back roads.
Lieutenant Thomas Q. Franco has over 29 years of law enforcement experience, beginning his career in El Paso, Texas, with the El Paso ISD Police Department in 1994. Lt. Franco started as a patrol officer and worked as a plain-clothes officer in the Northeast area Gang Task Force and (SRT) Special Response Team units. Lt. Franco also managed all facets of the juvenile justice system for the agency and achieved the rank of Corporal before leaving in 1999. Shortly after, Lt Franco joined the Lago Vista Police Department and rose through the ranks working as a Criminal Investigator, a Patrol Sergeant, and a School Resource Officer with Lago Vista ISD, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 2014.
Lt. Franco supervises the uniformed Patrol Division and provides law enforcement instruction, mentoring, and delivery of training programs to the department's officers.
Lieutenant Franco holds an associate degree in criminal justice and numerous professional certifications, including a Master Peace Officer certificate through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Lieutenant Franco is also a (TCOLE) Certified Police Instructor who teaches multiple subjects, including defensive tactics, ATV, and police bicycle training. Lieutenant Franco was awarded Officer of the Year in 2001 and 2005.
In his spare time, Lieutenant Franco enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working on cars, golfing, and anything outdoors.
Crystal began her career at Lago Vista Police in May 2018, performing various roles in the Communications Division, including Dispatcher, Communications Training Officer, and Primary Safety Answering Point Supervisor and Manager. In March 2023, she was promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant.
The Executive Assistant provides complex professional and technical support to the department’s administration team organizationally and is responsible for clerical duties, budgetary assistance, processing of open records requests and subpoenas, records supervisor, and department accreditation team member. She is also the Social Media Coordinator and directs the department’s social media accounts. Other responsibilities include creating and executing program launches, marketing, and advertising campaigns, and community engagement events.
Crystal earned several degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the California State University of San Bernardino, with an emphasis in Mathematics and Science, and an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Victor Valley College. Her performance has been recognized throughout her career, and she has received numerous commendations, awards, and the Sheriff’s Medal for Meritorious Service.
Crystal has over 23 years of experience in law enforcement. Her law enforcement career began as a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch in early 2000. Crystal’s previous assignments include public affairs and as a civilian Crime Scene Specialist responding and processing over 200 significant crimes, lifting over 1,000 fingerprints at crime scenes, and becoming an expert source for forensic footwear impression recovery until she moved to Texas.
Crystal holds numerous certificates, including Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Tactical Dispatching from the Frank Bland Regional Training Center and, in the process, ENP (Emergency Number Professional) with the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
Crystal is passionate about advocating first responder mental health, assisting first responders’ families after a suicide loss, and crisis intervention after losing her hero North Hollywood Bank Shootout Sergeant Father to suicide in February 2000. She is the featured Dispatcher on the large granite memorial of the Heroes Memorial Park monument to honor first responders in Texas.
Crystal is actively involved in the community, and in her free time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts, watching her children play sports, cheering for them, attending mental health workshops, and speaking about her father’s legacy.