Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson will not seek re-election

Joel Richardson
On Monday, long time Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson announced he will not be seeking re-election.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek re-election for the office of Sheriff of Randall County. It has been a great honor to serve at the Randall County Sheriff’s Office for 45 years with the last 20 years as your Sheriff. I have strived to serve the citizens of Randall County with vision, humble dignity and professionalism all these years but know it is time to turn the reins over to someone else. I am also proud of the fact that I was allowed to become the longest serving Sheriff in Randall County’s history.

"I have enjoyed serving the people of Texas on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for the last 12 and a half years and as the Presiding Officer for the past eight and a half years. I appreciate the confidence of Governor Greg Abbott as he has now appointed me to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board. I will continue to serve on that board and as your Sheriff until December 31, 2020.

"During my time as Sheriff, I have witnessed many challenges and changes in law enforcement. I have tried to the best of my ability to rise and meet those challenges to grow the Randall County Sheriff’s Office into a modern, professional law enforcement agency.

"Most of all, I thank the people of Randall County for allowing me the opportunity to serve such a great citizenry. The employees, past and present, have been such a great blessing with their dedication to serving. I hope I have served this community in a way that brings honor and glory to the Lord," Richardson said.

Richardson said he would be supporting Chris Forbis who has been serving as Captain of the Enforcement Division at the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, in the upcoming 2020 primary election. He will also serve as Captain Forbis’ campaign treasurer.