The Managing Partners of KRW
Lorne C. Kramer, MPA
Lorne 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
Dr. 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).
J. Grayson Robinson
Grayson 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.
Public Safety and Policing
Doug Abraham just concluded his 43rd year in law enforcement with two agencies and 23 years at a command or executive level. Beginning his career in 1975 with the Aurora Police Department, he served as Chief of Investigations, Police Operations, and the Support Services Divisions. He served in a variety of assignments including Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs and commander of the Neighborhood Policing Section. Doug retired from the Aurora Police Department in 2004 to become the chief of police for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus until he retired in 2017. He recently served as the interim chief of police for the University of Colorado Boulder. Doug is a graduate of the 191st session of the FBI National Academy and has his Executive Leadership Masters in Criminal Justice. He served on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain HIDTA and was the chairperson of the 18th Judicial District Community Corrections Board. Doug also served as the vice president of the Colorado Association of Institutional Law Enforcement Directors. He has been the keynote speaker at the International Association of Institutional Law Enforcement Directors and at the Association of University Chief Security Officers of the United Kingdom annual conferences. He has also presented at numerous regional higher education conferences and institutions. Doug has participated as a subject matter expert and consulted with the U.S Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Susan Eaton, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Management
Sue 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.
Public Safety and Policing
Lynn 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
Al 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.
Legislative Advocacy, Training, Policy Development
Sam Mamet was the Executive Director of the Colorado Municipal League (CML) for 14 years until his retirement in 2019. CML is a statewide non-profit membership organization of 270 cities and towns, providing technical assistance, legislative advocacy, training and policy development. Prior to his 40+ years with CML, Sam’s experience included: management analyst for Clark County, Nevada and the Nevada Association of Counties, where he lobbied on behalf of county government interests in the legislature; research analyst for the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission of the Pennsylvania Legislature; and research analyst for the Governmental Research Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Sam received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado/Boulder and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department of the University of Colorado/Denver, where he taught courses on municipal government, state politics and public policy. Mamet has co-chaired the Government Affairs Policy Committee of the International City/County Management Association and has served on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Colorado. Sam has received numerous awards recognizing his contribution to public service. Most recently he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Colorado City/County Managers Association for his many contributions to local government.
Public Safety and Policing
Ted Mink has over 45 years of law enforcement experience in Colorado. A majority of his experience was at the command and executive level. Ted retired from the Arvada Police Department, after twenty nine years, to join the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as the Undersheriff and was elected and served as Sheriff from 2003-2015. In 2015 Ted was selected as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. Prior to his retirement from the CBI in 2018, Ted served as the Interim Director for six months. During his career, Ted has commanded the Jefferson County CIT team and the West Metro Drug Task Force. He has served as a board member of the Arvada Child Advocacy Center, the Jefferson County Community Corrections Board. He was the Chairman of the Jefferson County Child and Youth Leadership Commission and was appointed to the Governor’s Victims Compensation Assistance Coordinating Committee. Ted has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado. He attended the 1995 session of the Northwestern University Senior Police Management Institute.
James E. Root, PE
Public Works and Civil Engineering
Jim 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.
Human Resource Management
Barbara Smith has had a long, diverse private sector career in Human Resource Management. At Marshall Field’s in Chicago, now Macy’s, she served in the corporate positions of Management Recruiter and Senior Compensation Analyst. She was the Human Resource Director for the company’s largest suburban store in Oakbrook, IL, responsible for an average staff of 1,500. Barbara was the corporation’s trainer for prospective HR managers, mentoring and developing m any successful candidates for the position. In her position in Oakbrook, she created hiring programs and efficiencies that were utilized corporate-wide. She was recruited by Pleasant Company to assist in transitioning their catalogue operation into the first American Girl Place retail location on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which subsequently became a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. There she served as a trainer, recruiter and finally the Employee Relations Manager, where she counseled and served a culturally diverse community of management and staff. Barbara joined the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services Section as a temporary consultant assisting with the intricacies of a cultural change within the division. She was then hired as a full time consultant, creating new quality policies and procedures, personnel documents, and hiring practices, while advising management on complex performance and employee relations issues. Barbara attended DePaul University in Chicago.
Alan C. Youngs, Esq.
Public Safety and Legal Counsel
Chief 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.