candidate for sheriff

Tom Spurlock  (Incumbent)

Sheriff Thomas Spurlock began his law enforcement journey in Texas over 30 years ago.  It would be hard to imagine what the next several decades would involve as this young man promoted and progressed through the ranks of municipal, county and international law enforcement.  The list of awards earned over three decades include Master Peace Officer and Jail Licenses, International Law Enforcement Accreditation, serving on Narcotic Task Force, Domestic Violence Task Force Boards, as well as Instructor level qualifications in firearms, administration, and general law enforcement education.                                            Read More on Slide 2



candidate for sheriff

Robert Charles "R. C." Langford

Robert Charles “RC” Langford has over 33 years of law enforcement experience as a Special Agent with the Railroad Police. His jurisdiction included 23 states. From 1998 until his retirement in 2015 he was a K9 Officer working dual purpose dogs in both patrol and narcotics. During his career he worked cases ranging from homicide, terrorism, narcotics, robberies, assaults, trespassing, and thefts, as well as working security for presidential details with the Secret Service. He worked with each presidential administration from Reagan through Obama.                                                                       Read More on Slide 2

Texas County Sheriff

What is a Sheriff?


The sheriff acts as a conservator of the peace and the executive officer of the county and district courts, serve writs and processes of the courts, seizes property after judgment, enforce traffic laws on county roads and supervises the county jail and prisoners. In counties of fewer than 10,000 residents, he may also serve as ex officio tax assessor and collector.

What Does a Sheriff Do in Texas?


A sheriff in Texas has the following duties:

  • Serves as a licensed peace officer and is responsible for enforcing the criminal laws of the state

  • Manages and operates the county jail

  • Provides security for the courts

  • Serves warrants and civil papers

  • Regulates bail bondsmen in counties with no bail bond board

For more complete information about the responsibilities of a constable and other county officials, see the "2018 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials.​"

Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

For more information including training go to:

Texas Association of Counties

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