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.