SHERIFF OF NUECES COUNTY

 

The first sheriff of Nueces County was H.W. Berry in 1846 when the county was organized. The following is a partial list of known former sheriffs:

1847-1849

Thomas S. Parker

became a Texas Ranger after his term as Sheriff


1859-1864

Matthew Nolan

was kill on duty


1881-1882

Thomas Beynon

became a private business owner after his term as Sheriff


1900-1902

John U. Bluntzer

became the County's Tax Collector after his term as Sheriff


1902-1916

Michael Bennett Wright

known for leaving impressions of two guns, handcuffs, leg irons, keys and a horseshoe in the sidewalk in front of the old County Courthouse


1917-1923

Frank Robinson

became a Texas Ranger after his term as Sheriff


1923-1925

Geroge Peters, Sr.

first elected Republican Sheriff, later served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal after his term as Sheriff


1925-1933

Ben F. Lee

known as the Sheriff with compassion, never carried a gun during his term


01/01/33-03/29/33

James W. Galbreath

his term was cut short by his untimely death


1933-1937

Paul Cox

former Nueces County Tax Collector, later became a successful realtor and developer


1938-1952

John B. Harney

elected Sheriff in 1938. He remained Sheriff for 14 years, until 1952


1953-1957

Michael Odem Dolan

former officer for the Corpus Christi Police Department


1957-1977

Johnnie Mitchell

former FBI agent, served 20 years as Sheriff


1977-1982

Solomon Ortiz

first Hispanic Sheriff, became U.S. Congressman after his term as Sheriff


1982-1992

James T. Hickey

served as Oritz's Chief Deputy prior to his election as Sheriff


1992-1996

James Patrick "J.P." Luby

former Nueces County Commissioner


1997-01/02/06

Larry Olivarez, Sr.

first Hispanic to be elected to three consecutive terms


01/02/06-11/17/06

Rebecca L. Stutts

appointed a Interim Sheriff by Nueces County Commissioners Court on January, 2, 2006


11/17/06-Present

Jim Kaelin

sworn into office on November 17, 2006


 

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