FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls has announced he will not be seeking re-election for a third term. Nehls has been sheriff since 2012.
Prior to his election as sheriff he served two terms as the elected Constable of Fort Bend County Precinct 4. He has more than 24 years of law enforcement experience and began his career in his home State of Wisconsin.
Nehls says during his two terms there was a 65 percent reduction in residential burglaries.
“We aim to make you feel safe and secure in your home and when traveling around Fort Bend County,” said Nehls. “We are one of the safest counties in the greater Houston area and I am very proud of that.”
Nehls took special interest in the Fort Bend County jail’s educational programs.
“We have to set the inmates up for success, because in my opinion the criminal justice system is broken in some areas, and I think re-entry is one of them,” said Nehls. “Let’s do something about educating them by affording them opportunities to keep them motivated and focused on the future.”
Nehls says he is very proud of the fact that the Inmate Vocational Center is funded without the use of taxpayer dollars. “All of the vocational training programs are funded through inmate commissary.”
Another important matter that Sheriff Nehls wants to address is the crisis with mental illness, specifically death by suicide. “We can do more,” said Nehls. “We must strive to do better for one another and for our communities.