Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan pledged to diversify his staff if elected.
One of his first moves after taking office in January was to hire former assistant chief of Houston police Mattie Provost.
She is the first woman to be appointed to the high-profile position in Fort Bend County.
“Mattie C. Provost, is extremely qualified, with extensive experience in overseeing multiple law enforcement divisions,” Fagan said.
“Additionally, she has worked with many local and federal agencies. It is for this reason and many more that she was chosen to be chief deputy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Provost will assist my administration in making Fort Bend County one of the safest places to reside in America.”
Provost brings more than three decades of professionalism to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Fagan added.
“Known for her leadership skills, she is empowered by countless outstanding traits which dictate success,” Fagan added.
“I am excited about the opportunity I have been given to serve the people of Fort Bend County and will do my best to live up to the expectations Sheriff Fagan has entrusted me with,” Provost told The Herald shortly after her appointment.
Provost obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections and Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University.
She started her career at the Houston Police Department, moving up the ranks to assistant chief.
She is a proven leader, approachable and friendly, and possess a collaborative leadership style while directing and guiding others in a variety of critical areas, Fagan added.
“I am a proponent of community policing and establishing relationships that add trust, transparency and legitimacy to the law enforcement profession,” she said.
Provost said she has a profound knowledge in internal investigations, implementation of public safety programs, emergency response, policy and procedure development, budget planning & management and media and public relations.
“I am adept at conducting investigations and diffusing potentially volatile situations with tact and diplomacy,” she added.
Fagan said Provost is an exceptional communicator with notable success in management of operations focused on crime reduction, the use of technology as a force multiplier, increased productivity and overall, the enhancement in the quality of life across the community.
Provost is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Session No. 241, the Senior Management Institute for Police and a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class of XXV.
She is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.
Provost earned the Texas Law Enforcement Master Peace Officers’ Certificate, is a certified mediator, Texas Crime Prevention Specialist, and has served as an executive member of the Labor Relations Committee.
She has served on numerous committees within the law enforcement arena as well as in the community. Chief Provost’s passion for giving back to the community is apparent as she has mentored students in the Houston, Spring, and Katy Independent School Districts. She believes her volunteerism will build stronger communities.
Chief Provost retired from HPD in March 2017, with an honorable discharge. She is a resident of Fort Bend County and excited to be a part of Sheriff Fagan’s Command Staff where she will provide overall leadership and direction on all aspects of the Sheriff’s office.