Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls received the 2019 Bert Ford Sheriff’s Commendation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The award was presented at the annual Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference in San Antonio on July 30.
The Bert Ford Sheriff’s Commendation, as it is known, is named after one of TABC’s first administrators.
Ford prioritized and prized interagency cooperation. During his time as administrator, Ford ensured TABC employees maintained a high level of cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
“The Bert Ford Commendation is an opportunity for the TABC to recognize a sheriff who has demonstrated, through his or her resources and personal cooperation, the kind of working relationship that former TABC Administrator Bert Ford encouraged,” said Alan Steen, then TABC Administrator, in a 2010 written statement.
For 25 years, the Bert Ford Sheriff’s Commendation has been given to only one of Texas’ 254 sheriffs per year. This year is the first time it was given to a sheriff of Fort Bend County.
“We’re big believers in recognizing law enforcement leaders who exemplify the ideals of partnership and public safety,” said Bentley Nettles, Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
“Sheriff Troy Nehls has proven to be an outstanding advocate for the TABC. He requires vendors to take educational and safety training related to the sale/service/delivery of alcohol to ensure it doesn’t fall into the hands of minors or intoxicated patrons during community events,” Nettles said.
The Bert Ford Commendation recipient receives a handgun suitable for routine duties and a specially designed plaque.
In addition, Sheriff Nehls’ name will be added to a plaque displayed at the headquarters of the Sheriffs Association of Texas, which identifies each Bert Ford Commendation recipient.
In addition to recognizing interagency cooperation, the TABC awards Bert Ford Commendations to alcohol retailers and servers that implement major systematic changes designed to improve safety.
In 1998, the concessions company Aramark received a Bert Ford Commendation when it implemented a mandatory ID policy at every game in the Astrodome.
In 2002, Valero Energy Corp. received a Bert Ford Commendation for its work in stopping the sale of alcohol to underage individuals.