Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls said Wednesday he will not seek re-election to a third term of office.
He did not explain why he is not seeking another four-year term; however, Nehls considered running for Congress in 2017. He later decided not to battle Pete Olson for the House District 22 seat, which includes Fort Bend County.
After the exploratory efforts were completed, Nehls told The Herald he was pleased with the results of a poll of District 22 voters.
Nehls was first elected in November 2012 and was re-elected four years later in 2016.
He is presently in the third year of his second term, set to expire on Jan. 1, 2020.
Prior to his election as sheriff, he served two terms as the elected constable of Fort Bend County Precinct 4.
He has over 24 years of law enforcement and began his career in his home State of Wisconsin.
Nehls said he is proud of his accomplishments since becoming sheriff.
He said he is particularly proud of one notable accomplishment: a 65% reduction in residential burglaries.
“We aim to make you feel safe and secure in your home and when traveling around Fort Bend County,” Nehls said.
“We are one of the safest counties in the greater Houston area and I am very proud of that.”
He said he is also proud of the creation of 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,” he said.
“Let’s do something about educating them by affording them opportunities to keep them motivated and focused on the future.”
Sheriff Nehls is also 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 the inmate commissary,” he explained.
Nehls said the county also needs to do more to address the mental illness crisis in the county.
“The number of people who die by suicide in Fort Bend County is on the rise,” he noted. “We can do more. We must strive to do better for one another and for our communities.”