The City Manager Chief Zakhary started his law enforcement career with the City of Woodway. He started out as a dispatcher in 1979 and worked his way up the ranks as a police officer, supervisor, and investigator. He was appointed Chief in 1985. In 2001 he was appointed City Manager/Public Safety Director.
Chief Zakhary holds a B.A. in Management and a M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of the 160th Session F.B.I. National Academy.
During his tenure at Woodway, Chief Zakhary worked diligently on improving all employee pay, retention and benefits, and improving technology utilization within the department and communications county-wide. In February 2009, Woodway became the 14th department in the State of Texas to receive the certification of recognition for completion of the Texas Police Chiefs Association Prestigious Best Practices Recognition Program.
Chief Zakhary is an active participant in many law enforcement related positions and offices. In October of 2009 he was elected to serve as 4th Vice President of the IACP. He served as General Chair for State Association Chiefs of Police (SACOP) from 2006 – 2008. As Chair, Chief Zakhary had oversight responsibilities for the Police Image and Ethics, Aviation, Physicians and Psychological Services Committees. He is active in the IACP and served on the Training and Education Committee, Elections Commission, and Resolutions Committee. As 4th Vice President, he currently has oversight for the following committees: (1) Forensic Science Committee, (2) Firearms Committee, (3) Patrol & Tactical Operations Committee, and (4) Arson & Explosives Committee. Chief Zakhary has served as president of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and Chair of the Texas Police Chief’s Foundation. In 2008, Chief Zakhary was appointed to serve on the IACP Executive Committee representing cities under 10,000 population. Chief Zakhary is a lifetime member of IACP, Texas Police Chiefs Association and remains active in both groups.
Chief Zakhary is an Adjunct Professor at Baylor University and McLennan Community College. He serves as chair for the M.C.C. Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Board and the county-wide E.M.S. Committee which serves the entire county.
He also is a board member for the Texas Mental Health Retardation (MHMR). He served as president for the Waco Westside Rotary Club. Chief Zakhary has served as the Board President of the McLennan County Emergency -9-1-1 Board of Managers since its inception in 1986.
Chief Zakhary is married to Julie and they have twin daughters, Lauren and Emily.
The City Manager’s Office is located in Woodway City Hall at 922 Estates Drive in Woodway, Texas.