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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