(March 7, 2014) The City of Frisco’s Director of Public Safety, Todd Renshaw, is retiring after 31 years in law enforcement and public safety. He served Frisco the last 20 years, which included service as Chief of Police from 1994 – 2012. He was promoted to Director of Public Safety in October 2012, overseeing the police and fire departments, as well as emergency management.
“Probably the most gratifying aspect, of staying in a single location for the bulk of one’s career, is seeing people begin as ‘students’ who later evolve into ‘teachers’,” said Todd Renshaw, Director of Public Safety. “It’s been a pleasure to see those people grow and progress in this (public safety) profession.”
During his tenure as chief, Director Renshaw saw the city’s population grow from approximately 11,000 to more than 100,000 residents. During that same period, the police department grew from 20 officers to more than 150 sworn members.
Director Renshaw began his law enforcement career in 1983 in Allen, where he served as a patrol officer, detective, and sergeant. He left Allen after receiving an appointment as Captain of Police in Coppell.
Frisco’s city manager, George Purefoy, recalls hiring Renshaw as Chief of Police in 1994, adding Renshaw came highly recommended by a fellow city manager who described Renshaw as “the best police officer he had ever seen in years.”
“Twenty years later, Todd has fulfilled that and more,” said Purefoy. “Being a former police officer myself, I appreciate the leadership and professionalism he (Renshaw) brought to Frisco.”
During his administration, Renshaw implemented many community-oriented programs including
Citizens Police Academy, Citizens on Patrol and National Night Out participation. The Frisco Police Department is fully accredited through the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
“It has truly been an honor to work with you and the fine group of people in this organization as well as raise my family in such a dynamic community,” said Renshaw.
Director Renshaw’s retirement will take effect May 30, 2014.