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UPDATE: Granite Shoals police chief offered Lago Vista job

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Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears was officially offered the position of chief of police by the city of Lago Vista on Thursday, Aug. 4. The Lago Vista City Council will vote on his appointment on Aug. 18. If the appointment is approved, Boshears’ last day with Granite Shoals will be Aug. 31. Courtesy photo

The city of Lago Vista officially offered the position of chief of police to Gary Boshears, the current Granite Shoals police chief, on Thursday, Aug. 4. The Lago Vista City Council is expected to officially appoint Boshears on Aug. 18. His last day in Granite Shoals will be Aug. 31. He will be replacing Police Chief Danny Smith, who retired earlier this year.

“This is a good opportunity for me and my family,” Boshears said. “I am super proud of what we’ve accomplished in Granite Shoals. I think we’re leaving the city in good hands.”

Boshears has served the Granite Shoals Police Department for 16 years, six of those as chief. During his time with the force, he also was a patrol officer/K-9 handler, patrol sergeant, and captain. He also worked for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office before taking the Granite Shoals position, where he was recognized as Officer of the Year.

Lago Vista chose Boshears from a pool of 55 applicants from 18 states.

“It was an extensive search and Gary Boshears rose to the top of a strong candidate pool,” City Manager Tracie Hlavinka said in a media release.

Most recently, Boshears has been helping Granite Shoals with its 2022-23 fiscal year budget alongside Interim City Manager Peggy Smith after the firing of previous City Manager Jeff Looney on June 14. Boshears has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College.

Boshears was re-elected to the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees for a term that expires in 2026. He told that he will continue to serve on the school board for the foreseeable future. He and his family plan to remain in the Highland Lakes area. 

Granite Shoals soon will begin an open application process to fill the police chief position, according to Smith. If a new chief is not appointed by the time Boshears leaves, an interim chief will be appointed.

“We certainly are going to miss him and his presence here,” Smith said.