Max Geron has over 30 years of experience in Law Enforcement – more than 27 of those years with the Dallas Police Department where he served in a multitude of roles with increasing responsibility, retiring in 2020 as a Major over the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Max was Chief of Police for the City of Rockwall, Texas where he worked to modernize the department, increasing its analytical capabilities, and enhancing its ability to respond to the changing community and crime trends. During his tenure, the department made significant strides in caring for the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of its officers and civilian professional staff while keeping Rockwall one of the safest cities in Texas. Rockwall was one of the first Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Recognized Agencies in the nation.
In his role at the Institute, Max is a key member of the Health and Public Safety Team and works closely with the Justice and Health Center. Max works across Institute teams and disciplines to advance the Institute’s work in public safety crisis systems transformation including early mental health emergency identification, call center triage, and Multi-Disciplinary Response Teams advancement and implementation. He also works with Jeff Spivey, Executive Director of the Caruth Police Institute and Senior Fellow of Law Enforcement Policy, on peer network development and workforce enhancement, as well as a critical leadership role in our work with and Active Bystandership in Law Enforcement and Public Safety.
Max received his undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University master’s degree in Homeland Security Studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of the 269th Session of the FBI National Academy. Max is passionate about improving the profession of policing for the next generation of officers and citizens they will serve. He lives in Rockwall with his daughter and son.