I would like to announce my candidacy for Comanche County Sheriff in the 2020 Election.
Born, raised, and lifelong resident of Comanche County, my devotion to the county is steadfast. Raised west of DeLeon on our family farm, it is a privilege to live on and own the same property for 5 generations since 1886. This heritage and tenure has taught a work ethic like no other. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time with my Grandfathers. Both were true Men of the Greatest Generation and both served in WWII. Being a quiet and reserved person, I was able to learn by watching these men live and serve their community. My wife, Christina Shelton Pounds and I have two children Mayson, 18, and Jackson, 9, who both attend DeLeon ISD.
To embrace a task, as difficult as the stewardship of County Law Enforcement, a firm foundation is required. Being raised in the church and with strong family values has set the direction of my convictions.
My passion for law enforcement and service to others began early. Just after completing DeLeon High School in 1997, I started working as a dispatcher for Comanche County and attended Tarleton State University. In 1999, I decided to continue working in Dispatch and attended the West Central Texas Council of Governments Law Enforcement Academy. I completed the academy and was hired by the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy in 2000.
From 2000 to 2003, I worked patrol and was assigned to the Rural Area Narcotics Task Force. In 2003, I was promoted to Sergeant Investigator and then in 2005, to Chief Deputy. As Chief Deputy, I had the opportunity to oversee Patrol, Investigations, Jail, Communications, Transport and Court operations.
The last 19 years has been a series of struggles, success, and a tremendous amount of work and learning. I have had the opportunity to work with other County Officials in a variety of capacities, Emergency Response, preparedness, safety and security, planning and budgets.
As a property owner and Taxpayer, I understand and am cognoscente of how important it is to be the most efficient with tax dollars. I have been part of returning money at the end of most every budget year. My past has taught me to be driven to keep the budget of the Sheriff’s Office low and efficient. I currently hold the highest certification through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Master
Peace Officer and Master Telecommunicator. I hold an Advanced Jailer Proficiency and have completed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards Jail Administrator Examination. I have also completed the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas for Jail Administration. I currently hold a Basic Instructor Proficiency Certificate and have completed more than 3100 hours of Continuing Education.
The duty of the Office of Sheriff is not one to be taken lightly and I want to continue the legacy of the last two administration of Integrity and Service to the Citizens of Comanche County.