Sally Hernandez, Constable

About Sally

With over 34 years of law enforcement experience, I have had the opportunity build community partnerships and work to prevent crime and keep families and neighborhoods safe in Travis County. As Constable of Precinct Three, I work to build a stronger and more professional Constable’s Office with a collaborative approach with local governments and the Travis County community.

Though I started my career in Llano, I have lived in Austin for nearly 30 years. In 1981, I started working with the Llano County Sheriff’s Office as a night dispatcher. I worked at night so that I could take care of my child with special needs during the day. In 1988, I moved to Austin and began working for Travis County as a deputy with the Constable’s Office Precinct Three, for then Constable Kevin Miskell. In 1992, I was hired as a Sergeant Investigator by former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

I was promoted to Chief of Investigations in 2005, a leadership position I held until I was elected to Constable. As Chief Investigator, I helped build strong trial teams made up of investigators, prosecutors and victim counselors who worked together to bring justice and promoted safety. I hired men and women with who brought diversity, different social backgrounds, and expertise in different areas of the law.

In January 1, 2013 I took office as Travis County Constable Precinct Three. I became the 25th woman Constable, out of 750, in Texas. I decided to run for Constable because the citizens of Southwest Travis County and the local law enforcement agencies in that area had lost trust in the office. As Constable, I continue to build strong teams where our focus is on giving. Both the Deputies on the street and the people in the office depend on each other for what they do. My team makes a difference because of their commitment to each other and because of their commitment to you. Our motto is “bridging the gap.” It is on every patch and every heart and mind of every member of Precinct Three.

My office has been recognized by the Austin Police Department, Sunset Valley Police Department, and Bee Cave Police Department for our outstanding service and partnership. Because of my leadership these relationships are now common practice, something that never would have happened in the past.

My leadership as Chief of Investigation and as Constable demonstrates my ability to rebuild community trust. As Travis County Sheriff I will do everything in my power to develop strong partnerships that protect and serve you.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, St. Edward’s University, Class of 1997
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education Master Peace Officer Certification Instructor Certification
  • Texas Constable Leadership College – 2014 Graduate Awards
  • Justice of the Peace & Constable Association 2013 – Present

Awards

  • FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award Membership, 2014
  • Service Above Self Award Presented by Rotary Clubs of Austin, 2006
  • C. L. “Chuck” Dennis Memorial Award Investigator of the Year Presented by the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, 2005
  • Professional Criminal Investigator Award Presented by the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, 1998

Activities

  • CALEEA President, 2009-2011
  • Capital Area Law Enforcement
  • Capital Area Law Enforcement Executive Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • FBI LEEDA, 2013 – Present
  • TCDAA Investigator Board, 1997 – 2001
    • Secretary, Vice President and President
    • Training Board, 2007-2010
  • Texas County and District Attorney’s Association
  • Member of:
    • AFSCME Local 1624
    • Austin Environmental Democrats
    • Black Austin Democrats
    • Capital Area Democratic Women
    • Capital Area Progressive Democrats
    • Central Austin Democrats
    • South Austin Democrats
    • Tejano Democrats
    • Travis County Asian American Democrats
    • Impact Family Church
Pol. Adv. Paid for by the Sally Hernandez Campaign, Treasurer Ms. Cecilia Crossley.