Tommy Thomas (sheriff)
|27th Sheriff, Harris County, Texas|
June 28, 1995 – January 2009
|Preceded by||Johnny Klevenhagen|
|Succeeded by||Adrian Garcia|
|Children||Brock Thomas, 338th District Court Judge, Harris County|
|Residence||Harris County, Texas|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968 honorable discharge|
Tommy Thomas was sworn in as the 27th Sheriff of Harris County on June 28, 1995. He was elected to his 3rd four-year term in November 2004. Sheriff Thomas started his public service career as a member of the United States Army. After being honorably discharged in 1968, he joined the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
By 1982, he was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1988, he was promoted to Chief Deputy under a Democratic Sheriff Johnny Klevenhagen, where he remained until his appointment as Sheriff. He was the first Sheriff in modern history to hold every rank within the department including Detective. His term ended January 2009 when Adrian Garcia (D-Houston) was sworn in as the 28th Harris County Sheriff.
Controversy erupted in January 2008, when the sheriff's office announced that all e-mails would be deleted automatically after 14 days. Texas state law requires record retention for two to five years.
Following media investigation of the department's e-mails, the Houston Ministers Against Crime said Sheriff Tommy Thomas should step down after a cartoon about the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson was found in his e-mails. The group said they are worried about the mindset of Harris County leaders after learning Thomas sent that e-mail and finding out about racist e-mails sent by District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal.
The sheriff's office is under investigation for the surveillance of two brothers who successfully sued Harris County for civil rights violations. About 10 people conducted a protest in front of Sheriff Thomas' offices, during which they publicly called for his resignation.
- Sheriff's office e-mail purge catches some deputies off guard
- Ministers Against Crime Want Sheriff To Resign
- DA Chuck Rosenthal steps down
- Dolcefino, Wayne (2008-05-21). "Bombshell in probe of sheriff's office". abc13.com. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
- Oberg, Ted (2008-06-24). "Protestors call for sheriff to step down . In the 2008 election he was defeated by Houston City Councilman Adrian Garcia. Sheriff.". KTRK-TV/DT. abc13.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
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