Congratulations are in order for our new Sheriff of Chambers County, Texas, Brian Hawthorne.  Old River-Winfree looks forward to a new relationship with the Sheriff’s Office.

As a community, Old River-Winfree residents would like to see more patrols, a fresh attack on drugs in our neighborhoods, speeding, and those pesky four wheelers.

As law abiding citizens in Old River-Winfree know, law enforcement agencies like to get the big guy that is bringing drugs into all communities.  

Old River-Winfree residents feel that it is the drug houses in all our neighborhoods spreading the evil in drugs that leads to theft, burglaries, kids on drugs, drop-outs in our local schools, and overall demolishing the soul of small towns in America.

We hope that the new Sheriff’s Office will work closely with the established Neighborhood Watch of Old River-Winfree in catching and prosecuting those who break the law.  

We feel that “grass roots” efforts always works the best, in any situation.

The previous was an editorial by the Moderator of the Old River-Winfree Community News

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Brian Hawthorne will take the oath at a swearing in ceremony at midnight on January 1, 2013.

Hawthorne has promised transparency, to embrace technology and to establish a protective presence in neighborhoods.

He also wants to be involved in the budget process that will be discussed this summer by commissioner’s court.

Hawthorne was quoted after his win: “My first move is to evaluate and grow my relationship with commissioners court.  I want to be involved with the budget process, I’m hoping for a little input on the budget that I will be handed by the court. The county judge and I spoke and he seemed open to discussing the budget.”

Hawthorne said the employees of the sheriff’s office don’t need to worry about their jobs either.

“I don’t want to make rash decisions,” Hawthorne said. “I’m going to sit back and evaluate the personnel, I made a promise to personnel that they will have priority over new hires, but that I will expect the same standards as a new hire.” 

Hawthorne said each of the employees have to have the same thoughts as he does when it comes to two primary values.

“I want an agency with professional integrity,” Hawthorne said. “Integrity is absolutely crucial and vital to law enforcement.”

The transition from retirement to taking the office of sheriff should be a smooth one for Hawthorne.

The 28-year veteran has a strong history of leadership with DPS, serving as sergeant for Chambers County troopers for 14 years, and then being elevated to the assignment of special assistant to the Texas DPS director. There, he assisted in providing requested information to state legislators and their staff regarding law enforcement and homeland security issues.