For those who may not know me, I was born and raised in Yoakum County, Texas. After graduation, I attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas where I played football and majored in history with a minor in political science.
In 1988, I was accepted into the Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy and was subsequently commissioned as a State Trooper. I was assigned to Cochran and Hockley Counties.
In 1993, I transferred to Denton County. After only a few months, I was promoted to Sergeant in the Texas Highway Patrol and stationed in Pecos. In Pecos I supervised 12 Highway Patrol Troopers in five counties.
In 1996, I was promoted into the Texas DPS Narcotics Service and stationed in Houston. I conducted Narcotics investigations including working undercover. I worked on many major drug and currency seizures working together with the DEA, FBI, Houston PD, and Harris County SO.
In 1998 my life long dream came true, I was selected to be a Texas Ranger and assigned to Denton County. I also covered Cooke County. As a Ranger, I was responsible for major investigations including homicide and public corruption. During my time as a Ranger, I was involved in most of the major investigations and trials in Denton County. I was awarded the DPS Directors Citation for my work as a hostage negotiator and successfully negotiating the release of two hostages being held by armed jail escapees. I was also awarded the TCLEOSE Award of Valor for the same incident. I received the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Directors Citation for the capture of an armed and dangerous Oklahoma fugitive.
I have also been recognized as the Denton County Crime Victims Officer of the year. My cases have been featured on Dateline NBC, Snapped, and John Walsh “The Hunt” on CNN. The book “Lady Killer” by Donna Fielder was published about the investigation of Denton Police Officer Bobby Lozano’s murder of his wife. Another book ” Let’s Kill Mom” by Donna Fielder was published in 2015. Both cases I investigated. One case was also featured in an issue of GQ magazine.
I was honored to have been one of the Texas Rangers assigned to the protection detail of Texas Governor George W Bush during his campaign for President. I traveled across the country and saw this great country and met so many great people.
In 2001, I met and married a Denton County girl, Candace Simpson, and gained a 7 year old son Caden. Candace and I settled in Sanger and soon had three kids together Collin, Emma, and Conner. In 2011 Candace died in a tragic accident leaving me with four kids to raise, three under the age of 9. I realized that I could no longer be chasing killers across the State and working 24 hour days. I decided to retire from my beloved Rangers to take care of my children. The decision to leave the Texas Rangers was an easy decision because as much as I loved it, I loved my children much more.
I accepted the job as Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. This job let me be home at night, was far less dangerous and allowed me to take care of my kids. I commanded the CID, Narcotics Division, and the Crime Scene Unit. I was also in charge of the evidence room and worked on a partnership with the University of North Texas on developing a drug testing lab.
In January 2015, I left law enforcement and accepted a job at a new company, Paladin. Paladin is a company committed to the development of new equipment and technology to make police officers and firefighters safer. I am a subject matter expert working with engineers and product developers to develop future technology today.
I am a career law enforcement officer following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I am a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church Sanger, my faith in Jesus Christ guides me. I am a true conservative and father dedicated to my children. I have the experience, the desire, and integrity to continue to be your Sheriff.