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Meet Donald G. Sowell of Grimes County Sheriff’s Office

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donald G. Sowell.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Donald G.. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I began my law enforcement career in 1969 when I joined the U. S Air Force after I graduated from high school in Navasota, Texas. I entered the Security Police career field and served for four years, and after I discharged in 1973, I joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office then and served there for 25 years.

When I retired from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1998, I was then appointed Sheriff of Grimes County to fill the term of the Sheriff that left office in mid-term. I just passed my 20th year anniversary as Sheriff of Grimes County this past September.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have served five terms and have experienced five elections of which I had an opponent each election. In each election, the people of Grimes County elected me to return to office, and I’ll be running for reelection again in 2020 if the good Lord is willing and all goes well with health, etc.

Regarding the question of challenges and smooth road, there have been issues over the years as one could imagine, none though that couldn’t be handled as the business of being the Sheriff must go on. It’s never going to be a perfect world, and when there are potholes in the road you just patch it up and move on or a speed bump may pop up, you just smooth it out and drive on!! “LOL”

Serving as Sheriff, you are the “Peoples’ Lawman” elected by the citizens, and you try to solve the problems of the day and be the peacekeeper of society as well as the keeper of the jail and the protector of the courthouse.

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Serving as the Sheriff of Grimes County is a rewarding public service to be the “Peoples Lawman” elected by constituents to serve in that capacity. The historical significance is that the Office of Sheriff is over a thousand years old and began under King Alfred the Great in England in 740 AD, The duties haven’t changed much, as we are still the keeper of the jail, protector of the courthouse, and the conservator of the peace.

As the settlements of people came to America and established throughout the United States, the Sheriff continues to do the same service today. A police chief, the director of public safety, for example, are appointed by a mayor or a city council and city manager or a commission. The offices of Sheriff and Constable are probably the only two law enforcement offices that are still selected by the election of the citizens to represent them.

I don’t know if I can say that I specialize in anything in particular or that I am known for anything special or anything that sets me apart from anyone else. I can say that I try everyday to serve with dignity and also a respectful honor as the Sheriff of the people I serve and perform those duties required of this office with common sense as well as the application of the laws that govern our society.

I am very proud of the 64 employees that work along with me in the capacity of jailers, dispatchers, patrolmen, and investigators to serve our office’s mission. They are great ambassadors of this agency.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success in the Office of Sheriff, for example, is being a humble and a hopefully a wise leader by working along with your team members and leading by example. I further look at my service as sheriff as that I’m only the temporary office holder of this office that was established in 1846 when Grimes County was established by the Texas Constitution.

Many Sheriffs have served before me, and many will serve after I leave office. My duty is to have this office serve our citizens proudly and have our citizens be proud of their Sheriff’s Office. This is a political office meaning that an election is required, however, I am not a politician, I just hold a political office. I serve at the will of the people at an election every four years.

I am the Sheriff for all people, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, people of no particular political affiliation, newborns, people in the nursing homes, 5th graders, illegal aliens, yes I’m their Sheriff too and anyone else I may have left out. This is no dynasty it is an office of serving all people fairly and with dignity.

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