The Managing Partners of KRW

Lorne C. Kramer, MPA

kramer_lorneLorne Kramer has 46 years of government service. He served as the City Manager of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a city of over 425,000 people for 6 years. He also served as a Deputy City Manager and the Police Chief for 11 years. During his tenure as City Manager Mr. Kramer was successful in reorganizing municipal operations; addressing significant fiscal shortfalls; orchestrating the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative focused on public safety projects throughout the city; gaining citizen support for the Rural Transportation Authority; implementing the Stormwater Enterprise and enhancing the Development Review process and Economic Development. While Chief of Police, the Colorado Springs Police Department received national recognition for many progressive and innovative programs and accomplishments in the areas of crime reduction, gang abatement and community partnerships. His academic accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, California. He has been recognized by the Colorado Springs City Council and numerous civic organizations for leadership, collaboration and community partnership. He is the co-author of TOTAL Problem-Oriented Policing and the author of several professional articles. He is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute.

Jerry Williams, DPA

WilliamsDr. Williams spent over 20 years as a public sector executive as well as program director for a key graduate leadership program at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition to his experience in the selection of executives as the Chief of Police for the cities of Arvada and Aurora, Colorado, he has been involved in local government executive job search executive search consulting since 2001. He holds a D.P.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver, a M.C.J. from C.U. Denver and a B.A. in History and Sociology from Metropolitan State College in Denver. Dr. Williams is the former Director of the Executive Leadership Masters in Criminal Justice (ELMCJ) program. Dr. Williams was the Principal Associate for the Institute for Law and Justice in Washington D.C. He has held Executive Director positions in two universities. He has over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field. He was the President of the Police Executive Research Forum and Chairman of the National Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. Dr. Williams was also a member of the National Institute of Justice series Perspectives on Policing held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, (1989-91).

Ronald C. Sloan, MA

RONALD C. SLOAN, MARonald Sloan was appointed Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in August 2008 and served in that capacity until his retirement in July 2015. Prior to his service as CBI Director, he was the Police Chief for the City of Arvada, Colorado from July 1994 until his retirement in July 2007. Director Sloan has served as a Colorado Peace Officer since 1974, serving 20 years with the Aurora Colorado, Police Department where he held such positions as Chief of the Uniform, Services, and Investigations Divisions, as well as supervisory and line level positions. Sloan holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a graduate of the 57th class (1982-83) of the Northwestern University, Traffic Institute Police Administration Training Program (PATP). Additionally, he is a graduate of the 32nd Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 1999. Ronald Sloan has participated in numerous community and professional organizations, as well as serving on national, regional, statewide, and local criminal justice and public safety boards, commissions, and councils. From 2003 to 2007 Sloan served on the State of Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) and was instrumental in the re-codification of Colorado Peace Officer statutes and the creation of the Sunrise Review Process for Peace Officer designation in Colorado. Ron served as the President of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) from 2012 until his retirement in 2015.

Our Associates

Susan Eaton, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Management

Sue.EatonSue has over 20 years of public sector human resources management experience having served as the Human Resources Director for the City of Englewood, CO and for Eagle County Government. As a key member of the executive teams and reporting directly to the city and county managers, her responsibilities included: recruitment, labor relations, compensation and classification, benefits, wellness, risk management and organizational development. She was appointed by the governor and served on the board of the Colorado Fire and Police Pension Association as both board member and chairperson. She is an accredited Senior Professional in Human Resources, SHRM Senior Certified Professional and an International Personnel Management Association Certified Professional. Sue holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver and a BA in Sociology from Indiana University. Ms. Eaton has acted as project manager for the recruitment and placement of City Managers, Fire Chiefs, Police Chiefs, Library Directors, Community Development Directors and Information Technology Directors. She has assisted KRW with executive recruitment projects for Chiefs of Police and Assistant Town Administrators. She serves as KRW’s Human Resources subject matter expert.

Jerry Garner, MA
Public Safety and Policing

Garner JerryChief Jerry Garner is currently in his 44th year of law enforcement service. Jerry has been the chief of police in Greeley, Colorado since 2006.  The Greeley Police Department employs over 200 persons serving a university city of almost 100,000 people.  Prior to Greeley he served as chief for the Fort Lupton, Colorado Police Department for just over two years.  Before beginning his chief’s career Jerry served for 30 years with the nationally-renowned Lakewood, Colorado Police Department, where he retired at the rank of division chief in 2003.  At Lakewood he served as a supervisor or manager in virtually every arm of local law enforcement, including patrol, detectives, crime prevention, public information, internal affairs and communications.  He was an academy director and personnel section commander.  Additionally, Jerry has served as a regional law enforcement training director in Kansas and as a peace officer in the state of Texas, where he began his policing career.  Jerry holds a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor’s in Journalism.  He is an experienced instructor specializing in police-media relations, officer safety and leadership.  In addition to teaching in law enforcement academies Jerry has worked as a guest lecturer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.   He also has taught for the National Park Service and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.  Chief Garner has authored eight books and over 200 magazine articles on law enforcement and criminal justice topics.

Lynn Johnson
Public Safety and Policing

Lynn JohnsonLynn Johnson has over 42 years in law enforcement; 20 years at the command and executive level. Lynn retired from the Arvada Police Department in 2016 as a Deputy Chief of Police, having served as Chief in both Operations and Administration Divisions. Lynn began his career in 1974, serving in a variety of assignments including Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Drug Enforcement and Internal Affairs. During his career Lynn has supervised or managed Police Records, Property and Evidence, Police Communications, SWAT and Accreditation. Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College. Lynn is a graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National Academy and the 24th session of the Drug Enforcement Administration National Training Institute. Additionally, Lynn attended The Senior Management Institute for Police and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2007. Lynn is a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations course and instructed the Organizational Leadership portion of the course. Lynn served as the Chairman of the Jefferson/Broomfield Emergency Communications Authority for 8 years and served on the Jefferson County Community Corrections Board. Lynn served as the Interim Chief of Police in Durango Colorado for six months after his retirement from The Arvada Police Department.

Alvin J. LaCabe, Jr., Esq.
Public Safety and Legal Counsel 
LaCabe Al-2Al LaCabe has been involved in law and law enforcement for over forty years before joining the government executive search agency.  He served as Manager of Safety for the city of Denver, and was responsible for all aspects of the operations, policy development, budgeting, training, hiring, and discipline for the entire 3,600 member Department of Safety which includes the police, fire, and sheriff departments.  During his tenure as Manager of Safety, he conducted training at the Denver Police and Sheriff academies and headed or participated in processes to revise the Department’s use of force policies, reorganize the 9-1-1 Combined Communication Center, gain voter approval and implement construction of the new Denver Justice Center, create the Office of the Independent Monitor, revise recruitment and hiring policies, revise budget policies and increase professionalism and accountability through various methods including the revision of the Department’s disciplinary processes and creation of a written Discipline Handbook and discipline matrix.  Prior to serving as Denver’s Manager of Safety, Al’s career spanned 33 years as a Patrol Officer and Detective with the New Orleans Police Department, an Agent of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a Denver Chief Deputy District Attorney, a supervisory Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado and as Of Counsel with the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham and Stubbs.  He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver College of Law, an award winning member of the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys, and has conducted training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers across the country.  Al is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

J. Grayson Robinson
Public Safety and Policing

Grayson RobinsonGrayson Robinson served as the Arapahoe County Sheriff from 2002 until his retirement in 2014, has been a Colorado Certified Peace Officer for more than forty-three years and served in a variety of progressive law enforcement capacities. Robinson is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the State and Local Executives Program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the National Sheriff’s Institute, the University of Colorado Law Enforcement Executive Program and the University of Denver Public Safety Leadership Institute.

Grayson served as the chairman of Colorado’s North-Central All Hazards Region. Appointed by two different Governors, he served as a Commissioner of the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission, as well as serving as member of the Colorado Justice Assistance Board (JAG). During his public safety career, Robinson was proactively engaged in the legislative process and served as the chairman of the County Sheriff’s of Colorado Legislative Affairs Committee. Retired Sheriff Robinson served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), selected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee as well as chairman of the international public safety accreditation body. Robinson served on six working committees of the National Sheriffs’ Association. Grayson was a member of the Board of Directors of the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force, and continues to serve on the Executive Board of the National Police Research Platform of the National Institute of Justice within the United States Department of Justice.

James E. Root, PE
Public Works and Civil Engineering

Root Jim-2Jim Root has more than 40 years’ experience in the civil engineering and public works fields. He served as the Director of Public Works and Utilities for the City of Arvada, Colorado for six years subsequent to serving as the Arvada City Engineer for 18 years. Prior positions included Water and Sewer Manager for the City of Lakewood, Colorado, and Engineering Technician for the Colorado Department of Highways. He also has five years of experience in the private sector, serving as vice president and chief civil engineer for Richard Weingardt Consultants, Inc., a Denver engineering company serving both public and private clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. Over the years he has participated in numerous metropolitan Denver organizations and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Denver Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He also is a life member of the American Public Works Association.

Alan C. Youngs, Esq.
Public Safety and Legal Counsel

YoungsChief Youngs retired after 33 years with the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department.  He is an Attorney at Law and a licensed member of the Washington, DC Bar, US District Courts in Colorado and Nebraska, International Trade Court, Court of Appeals for the District and US Supreme Court.  Chief Youngs is a certified litigation specialist and member of the board of directors for Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE).  A member of IACP, Chief Youngs is a member of committees for Investigative Operations, and Professional Standards.  He also serves on committees for the Bureau of Justice Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative and the FBI’s Futures Working Group.  Chief Youngs works with the American Society for Industrial Security as Chair of their Interpol Committee and member of their Law Enforcement Liaison Committee.  He has completed operational reviews for numerous police and corrections agencies across the US.  Chief Youngs has also served extensively in international endeavors: performing audits, due diligence and inspections in Israel, Palestine and Jordan; and served as police advisor to the program director in El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru.  Chief Youngs is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a published author of numerous articles on law enforcement topics.