Sergeant at Arms - Eric Barto
Eric Barto began his Law Enforcement career in September 2008 when he left the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to join the Lakeway Police Department. For several years, Eric was the unofficial face of the Lakeway Police Department as the project manager for Public Safety Day, Haunted House exhibit, Citizen’s Police Academy, National Night Out, and many other community outreach programs. Eric did this while still serving as a patrol officer and a member of the Honor Guard. Due in large part to Eric’s part-time success with these programs, a full time community resource officer position was created in 2012, and Eric was formally placed in that position, enabling him to continue his community outreach work on a full-time basis. Eric continued to introduce new programs such as “Lock it or Lose it”, and “Teen Drug and Alcohol Education”, as well as serving as the department liaison for multiple community groups and law enforcement agencies. During this time, Eric also served as the vehicle Fleet Manager for the police department. He created and managed systems and procedures for insuring that Lakeway Police vehicles are second to none. In November of 2014 Eric returned to patrol after promoting to Sergeant, and is currently the Patrol Sergeant for Team 3. Combining police responsibilities and community involvement is a goal of Eric Barto’s. He is a believer that things change when you start with people. “It's about making people feel safe, educating the community, participating in community events, and growing with the community we serve. After all, if the community doesn't feel safe and support its officers, then we are really not doing our jobs.” September 2016 marked Eric’s 8th anniversary with the Lakeway Police Department.