Chief Deputy Mike Lee is responsible for overseeing all of the daily operations of the Harris County Sheriff's Office under the direction of Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Chief Lee joined the Sheriff's office in 2017 after 27 years of service with the Houston Police Department. As Major of Patrol and Special Projects, Lee oversaw all patrol operations and created collaborative model strategies for responding to individuals with mental illness and those experiencing homelessness. For the past two years, Lee has served as Assistant Chief over the Law Enforcement Command, managing six bureaus. ...
Chief Lee's accomplishments at the HCSO include designing and implementing several innovative programs. Among them are: the Crisis Intervention Response Team, the Homeless Outreach Team, the Boarding Home Detail, and the Clinician and Officer Remote Evaluation (CORE) telehealth program. Lee led the creation of specialized Crime Reduction Units and the Community Problem Oriented Policing Unit (CPOP) assigned to all five patrol districts. Lee also was a key contributor to multi-agency collaborations that resulted in the creation of the Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Jail Diversion Center, Harris County's Holistic Assistance Response Team (HART), the Narcan Opioid Reversal Medication project, the Vivitrol Addiction Recovery Program, and the Employ2Empower homeless workforce program.
Chief Lee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government and History from Evangel University and a Master of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Our Lady of the Lake University. He also completed the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute and Sam Houston State University's Leadership Command College. Lee is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum.
In 2018, Lee was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice to the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Commission on Mental Health, where he serves as a Commissioner.
Chief Lee received the 2008 Public Servants Award from the Rotary Club of Houston, the 2010 International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award, the 2010 Goldstein Award in Problem-Oriented Policing, the 2013 United Way Spirit of One Voice Texas Award, and the 2022 Gary P. Hayes Award from the Police Executive Research Forum.
Chief of Staff Jason Spencer is responsible for helping facilitate the successful implementation of key priorities and initiatives identified by Sheriff Gonzalez and Command Staff. He also serves as the agency’s primary intergovernmental-liaison and oversees Media Relations....
Chief Spencer joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 as Director of Public Affairs, where he served as the agency’s primary media spokesman and oversaw all external communications. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Communications and Governmental Affairs for the Aldine Independent School District, and as Press Secretary and the Superintendent’s Chief of Staff for the Houston Independent School District.
Chief Spencer began his professional career in newspaper journalism, working 14 years as a local news reporter and editor at the Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, and the Brazosport Facts newspapers.
Chief Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Assistant Chief Thomas Diaz leads the HCSO Law Enforcement Command, which includes Patrol, Homeland Security, Patrol Support Services Bureau, and Criminal Investigations....
Chief Diaz began his law enforcement career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2004 as a detention officer. Diaz’s most recent assignment was serving as Major over the Office of Inspector General Bureau.
The bureau consists of the Internal Affairs Division and the Crime Analysis and Intelligence Division. He manages internal affairs investigations that provide accountability for the agency and hold deputies and civilian personnel to the highest ethical standards. The bureau also leverages technology and data to establish efficient methods for deploying personnel and other vital resources to high-crime areas.
As a Captain, Diaz helped lead the1200 Baker Street jail operation. During this time, he implemented the Detention Officer to Deputy Program.
As a patrol deputy, Diaz received the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Valor Award after he stopped a shooting suspect who was targeting Harris County residents at random. In the Homeland Security Bureau, Diaz served as a liaison to the Houston Ship Channel Security District and managed the Urban Area Security Initiative and Port Security grants – key national programs designed to support critical local infrastructure at the Port of Houston for counterterrorism measures, including specialized equipment and advanced training.
As a sergeant assigned to the Planning Unit, Diaz worked with a team of deputies and analysts who developed strategic policy recommendations.
Diaz is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 271. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University.
Assistant Chief Tony Huynh leads the Administrative Operations Command, which includes Professional Development and Standards, Internal Affairs, Crime Analysis. The command also includes Administrative Services, which encompasses Human Resources, Behavioral Health, and Employee Services....
Chief Huynh joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 after a 22-year career at the Houston Police Department.
Chief Huynh most recently served as Major over the Professional Development and Standards Bureau. The bureau includes the agency’s training academy facility and a firearms range complex that supports its Basic Peace Officer Course to become a certified peace officer and Patrol Training Course for those who are already certified peace officers in Texas. All detention officers are trained through the Basic County Corrections Course to become a certified jailer. The academy also provides year-round advanced training, continuing education, and professional development opportunities to staff.
The bureau also includes the Policy Unit that performs research to help develop effective and innovative policies, procedures, and guidelines. The Performance Standards Unit conducts evaluations of all operations within the Sheriff’s Office to ensure compliance with its standard operating procedures, policies, and all applicable state and federal laws.
Chief Huynh earned a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and a master’s of science degree in criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 262, and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Session 79.
Chief Huynh is a first-generation immigrant from Vietnam who came to the United States when he was nine years old. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for eight years after graduating from high school.
Assistant Chief Phillip Bosquez commands the Detentions Command comprising our Detentions Support Service Bureau, 1200 Housing Bureau, 701 Housing Bureau, and the Justice Management Bureau....
Assistant Chief Bosquez started his law enforcement career in 2002 as a patrol deputy with the Atascosa County Sheriff's Office near the San Antonio and New Braunfels metropolitan areas. He was named 2008 Atascosa County Deputy of the Year following an hours-long negotiation with an armed suspect who threatened to take his life. Assistant Chief Bosquez helped conclude the stand-off by having the suspect put down his weapon and surrender without incident. He served as a patrol supervisor before assuming the Atascosa County Jail administrator role.
He joined the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) in 2013 as one of four field inspectors for the entire state, ensuring that all 239 Texas jail facilities meet requirements. He was also one of the lead content developers for the state-mandated examination for persons seeking to hold the jail administrator position.
He later served as a Chief Deputy with the Atascosa County Precinct 3 Constable's Office and as jail administrator for the Frio County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez appointed Assistant Chief Bosquez to the Detentions Command in early 2023. His role with the state regulatory agency equips him with the extensive knowledge of corrections procedures and policies necessary to keep every person in the Harris County Jail safe, healthy, and better prepared to contribute positively to the community. His understanding of the workings of Texas jails puts the agency in a position to see continued safety, innovation, and professionalism transformation.
Assistant Chief Bosquez is a certified master peace officer, master jailer, and mental health peace officer who truly enjoys making a difference in a person's life when they need it most – whether it's someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis, a domestic violence victim who needs assistance and support, or a person who finds themselves in the criminal justice system.
Major Cedrick Collier commands the Patrol Support Services Bureau for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. ...
He joined the Sheriff's Office 29 years ago, serving in many roles, working in Patrol, Detentions, Community Services, Investigations, the Office of Inspector General, the Executive Bureau, a Public Information Officer, and Emergency Management.
Major Collier has received many awards and certificates throughout his career, including Unit Citations and Lifesaving Awards. Among his achievements are his certifications in certifications in Hostage Negotiation, Firearms, TCOLE Instructor, and Advanced SWAT.
Major Collier holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston Downtown, a Master's degree from Sam Houston State University, and a Graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 278. Major Collier is an Inaugural Graduate of the HCSO Leadership Development Institute.
West Region Patrol Bureau Major Earl Dean began his career with the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) in January 1993 and has faithfully served the residents of Harris County for nearly 30 years....
He attended Basic Peace Officer's training at the University of Houston Police Academy and graduated with top Academic Honors. Captain Dean holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and has been recognized by the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club for his outstanding service and achievements in Crime Prevention.
Major Dean attended Texas Southern University, where he studied Business Management and Psychology. He also completed numerous leadership/management courses during his tenure at the HCSO. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Lamar University.
Major Dean served in the United States Marine Corps for nearly eight years. He attended Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School and received other "specialized" military training. Some of his noteworthy assignments were at the United States embassies abroad in Warsaw Poland, Tokyo Japan, and Abidjan Ivory Coast, West Africa.
Major Dean enjoys reading books, collecting fine arts/antiques, fishing, theatrical plays, and family trips.
Major Jennifer Herndon commands the Professional Development & Standards Bureau, focusing on the professional growth and training of our teammates to maintain our communities’ trust. Major Herndon joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1991 as a Detention Officer. After working in the jail, she completed our academy’s Basic Peace Officer Course. She started her career as a deputy using her knowledge of the jail to excel in Justice Housing and Community Services Division assignments. ...
Rising through the ranks quickly, Major Herndon continued her service in the jail as a Sergeant before promoting to Sergeant Investigator for the Office of the Inspector General. As a Lieutenant, she commanded various units including Hospital and Transportation elements and areas within the Inspector General’s Office. As a Captain, Herndon called both the Office Inspector General and the Crimes Against Persons Divisions home where she continued to shape the culture of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2023, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez appointed Major Herndon to lead the Professional Development & Standards Bureau.
Major Herndon is a Master Peace Officer and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Herndon earned her degree from Lamar University.
Major Latrina Kingsbury leads the Justice Management Bureau. Major Kingsbury has been a dedicated employee here at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years, 20 of those years in a supervisory role. ...
In the 30 years that Major Kingsbury has worked with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, she has launched, led, and managed several projects, including a one-of-a-kind partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Texas Game and Wildlife, Department of Public Safety, Houston Police Department, Houston Port Authority, and Harris County Precincts 3 and 8. Most recently, the Prisoner Logistics Division, which Latrina commanded as a captain, received a Unit Citation.
Besides her stellar achievements, Major Kingsbury is a beloved and dedicated employee. She is a team player, avid worker, and problem solver. She is extremely well-liked and well-respected by her peers. Her upbeat personality and engaging personal style enable her to interact effectively with personnel of all ranks, within and outside the HCSO. The department will benefit immensely from her experience and leadership.
As a testament to her hard work and persistence, Major Kingsbury managed to achieve her goals of higher education and career development by earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree, and graduating from the prestigious FBI National Academy while working fulltime and raising a family.
Her proudest achievement is her family. She has two sons who both served in the United States Air Force, two daughters-in-love, and three (soon to be four) grandchildren.
Major Jesse Razo serves as the Homeland Security Bureau Major for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1991 as a patrol deputy following four years of honorable service in the U.S. Army. While active duty in the military, he was stationed at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Razo was named Soldier of the Cycle on several occasions and named Soldier of the Year in 1990. ...
Major Razo has served in various roles and assignments, including Patrol Deputy, Internal Affairs Division Investigator, and Patrol Supervisor. In 2017, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez appointed Major Razo to lead the Patrol Bureau. In 2019, Major Razo assumed command of the Patrol Support Services Bureau. He worked collaboratively with the Patrol Bureau to support the agency’s five patrol districts, performing a wide range of public safety, law enforcement, and emergency response roles. In this capacity, Major Razo oversaw the agency’s Special Operations units, Vehicular Crimes Division, Emergency Dispatch Center, Honor Guard, and Volunteer Reservists.
In January 2023, Major Razo assumed command of the Homeland Security Bureau. He oversees the agency’s SWAT operations and specialized task forces and units that respond to high-risk incidents beyond the scope of standard patrol deputies. The bureau comprises key tactical response personnel, including our Bomb Unit which inspects possible explosive devices and dangerous materials. Our Marine Unit patrols the Port of Houston, and our Air Support Unit assists ground units in search of suspects or missing persons.
Major Razo helped grow the agency’s DWI enforcement efforts, expanding the DWI Unit to end the senseless injuries and tragedies on Harris County roadways at the hands of impaired drivers, developed a program to reduce fleet accidents, and assisted in the creation of the Traffic Crimes Unit focused on street racing and road rage incidents.
Major Razo is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the world’s largest professional association for police leaders, and the Sheriffs' Association of Texas, one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the nation.
Major John Nanny commands the East Region Patrol Bureau for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1991 as a jailer, then transitioned into various roles, including a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer Burglary Investigator, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. ...
In 1995, he transferred to the Patrol Bureau where he worked in District 2 until 1999, when he transferred to District 4. He worked as a Field Training Officer in District 4 until 2001 when he was assigned to the Burglary Apprehension Response Squad (BARS). In 2003, he was promoted to Sergeant, assigned to the 701 San Jacinto Jail. In March 2005, he transferred to District I patrol where he was the District One Field Training Supervisor. In July 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Commander in various assignments such as Patrol, Internal Affairs, and Homeland Security/HIDTA. He was promoted to Captain in 2016 and served as the Division Commander in the Detention Bureau, Patrol Bureau, Academy Director, and Crimes Against Person Division of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Major Nanny was appointed to the Harris County Command Staff on June 1, 2023, and assigned to the East Region Patrol Bureau. He works collaboratively with the West Region Patrol Bureau, Patrol Support Services Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Homeland Security Bureau to support the agency's goal of public safety, law enforcement, and emergency response roles.
Major Nanny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University. He is an alumna of the FBI National Academy Class #239 and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Class #52.
Major Lynette Anderson commands the Detentions Support Services Bureau, managing the safety and needs of the jail's population. This bureau provides detainees with healthy meals, medical care transportation, proper personal hygiene, sanitation conditions, clergy visitations, access to legal resources, literacy, and rehabilitation programs. ...
Major Anderson was promoted to Detention Sergeant in 2009 when a career ladder was created for detention officers. During her time as a Detention Sergeant and Detention Lieutenant, she worked in Operations, 1200 Housing and Inmate Services. Anderson also commanded the Detention Command Containment Team.
Major Anderson is a certified master jailer who has worked closely with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to ensure the Harris County Sheriff’s Office meets state-mandated standards. She is also a certified training instructor. Anderson has been a presenter for the Women in Criminal Justice Conference and the Texas Jail Association Conferences.
Major Anderson is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Academy at Sam Houston State University. She is a member of the American Jail Association and is currently on the Texas Jail Association Board as the Secretary.
Major Patrick Dougherty leads the 1200 Housing Bureau of the Detentions Command....
Maj. Dougherty started his law enforcement career in 1981 with the Houston Police Department (HPD). While at HPD, he held many roles and assignments: patrol officer, field training officer, patrol sergeant, special response group field leader, watch commander, and special projects lieutenant in the city jail system. Dougherty served on the design and implementation team for the Joint Processing Center (JPC). He played an instrumental role in writing the first proposal for the facility, advocating for a more efficient, streamlined intake and release process for detainees and area law enforcement agencies.
After more than 35 years of service at HPD, his first assignment with the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 was overseeing the 701 San Jacinto Justice Housing, sharing the responsibility for safeguarding the well-being and care of those in the agency’s custody.
Now, Maj. Dougherty commands the Justice Management Bureau where he manages the safe, secure and efficient intake and release processing operations at the JPC. The facility expedites the booking process for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston Police Department, and other Harris County law enforcement agencies. It includes on-site medical and mental health screenings and a 24/7 diversion desk in partnership with The Harris Center that provides alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from a behavioral health crisis.
The Bureau comprises three divisions – Central Records, Inmate Processing, and Automated Fingerprint Identification System – and serves the state’s largest county jail system. It is tasked with accepting and advancing incarcerated persons from intake to the completion of charges by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, pretrial services, magistrate court, housing classification, and eventual release or transfer. Maj. Dougherty ensures the agency’s commitment to caring for its jail population is seen through this critical role with many processes and responsibilities.
Maj. Dougherty holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Mississippi. He is a certified jail manager, jail administrator, and master peace officer, as well as a graduate of the National Institute of Corrections Jail Administrator Program. He is a member of several leading law enforcement and corrections associations, including the National Sheriff’s Association and American Correctional Association.
Maj. Dougherty is the recipient of many law enforcement commendations and awards, including the 100 Club Officer of the Year Award and Police Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
Major Saul Suarez commands the Criminal Investigations Bureau covering timely and thorough criminal investigations and solving crimes in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies and the community we serve. Additionally, the Bureau coordinates proactive investigative activities to dismantle criminal activity, including drug-related crimes, vehicle thefts, internet crimes, and human trafficking operations ...
His achievements did not stop there. Even without rank, Major Suarez was a leader, ultimately receiving the Bravery Commendation in December 2007, the highest award issued at the HCSO, for his heroic actions during the vehicle pursuit and apprehension of a wanted Capital Murder suspect violently threatening the community with a firearm.
His rise through the ranks was well-earned. As a Sergeant, Major Suarez supervised the Narcotics Unit and was the Group Supervisor of the HIDTA MDS Task Force Group H-35. As a Lieutenant, Suarez was Commander of the SWAT Team, the Bomb Unit, the Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT,) and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force (GCVOTF.) He also commanded the Organized Crime Section, which included the Vice Unit, the Narcotics Unit, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Human Trafficking Unit, the Missing Persons Unit, and the Violent Gang Suppression Unit (VGSU.)
While continuing to support his teammates, Major Suarez developed the undercover training program at the HCSO, which helps train local and regional partners on covert operations, surveillance, and undercover survival tactics. As a Captain, Major Suarez commanded 701 San Jacinto Street and 1307 Baker Street Detention Facilities. He assisted with infrastructure, planning, and inspection for the upcoming Women’s Empowerment Center, an innovative facility focusing on reducing recidivism.
Major Suarez is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 282. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University and is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Public Safety from the University of Virginia.
Major Tommy Shelton commands the Administrative Services Bureau. He began his career with the Harris County Sheriff's Office in November of 1990 as a Detention Officer before attending the Basic Peace Officer's Class #B4-91 at the Harris County Sheriff's Academy, graduating in December 1991. ...
Major Shelton worked in the jail and patrol as a deputy before rising through the ranks and earning the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. His experience continued to vary across multiple assignments in the jails, overseeing training initiatives, specialty patrol initiatives like SOBER court programs, and anti-drunk driving programs. He's served in the Executive Bureau, Dispatch Center, Compliance and Inspections Unit, Mobile Command, Inmate Community Work programs, Homeless Outreach Team, and most recently, with the Mental Health and Neighborhood Policing Division, to name a few.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez appointed Major Shelton to the Administrative Services Bureau in January 2023.
Lt. Shelton is a recipient of the 2000 National Exchange Club Harris County Sheriff's Office Officer of the Year Award, the 2011 Harris County Sheriff's Office Core Value Award for Innovation, the 2012 Downtown Optimist Club of Houston's Harris County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, 2013 DWI SOBER Court Hero Award, 2014 Sheriff's Commendation for Bravery, and 2017 Unit Citation for 2016 Compliance and Inspection Team Division Commander service.
Major Shelton holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston-Downtown graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003. Major Shelton is a Master Peace Officer, Master Jailer, TCOLE Instructor, and Mental Health Peace Officer.
Major Ruth McClanahan leads the 701 Justice Housing Bureau of the Detentions Command. ...
Major McClanahan began her law enforcement career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy in 1995. After completing the Basic Peace Officer’s Academy she was assigned to the District 2 Patrol Division. In 1998 she joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy and was assigned to the 701 jail facility.
During her tenure with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, she has served in a variety of divisions, including the 1200 jail facility, Courts, Inmate Records, Inmate Processing, Adult Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, and Crimes Against Children.
Major McClanahan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown in 1994 and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown in 2003.
Dr. Thomas D. McNeese is the Director of the Behavioral Health Division of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He joined the Sheriff's Office as a full-time employee shortly after the Division's founding in 2020....
Dr. McNeese is a dual national, born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, an M.A. in Psychology, and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston. Dr. McNeese also obtained a BBA in finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Dr. McNeese completed his predoctoral fellowship in the Adult/Child Track at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He trained/worked in various settings, including DePelchin Children's Center, Ben Taub Hospital (BTH), Houston Independent School District, and BCM's Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. He went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship through BCM and BTH with a focus on personality disorders, severe mental illness, and trauma. Additional research and work included the University of Houston, Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies, and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. McNeese is a clinical assistant professor through BCM. He has also served as an assistant professor though the Louis A. Faillace, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He also worked through the local mental health authority in the Adult Forensic Unit housed in the Harris County Jail, providing forensic psychological services to criminal courts in over 1,000 cases.
Dr. McNeese is also actively involved in various community organizations. He is currently president emeritus of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations (HCFR), was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York from 2010 to 2015, is a member of the advisory board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR), is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and advisor to Amigos de Las Américas. Dr. McNeese is involved with the FBI Citizen's Academy Alumni Association, the Houston Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association, and InfraGard. He also is active with the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services as a member of the Alliance Health and Services Board and the Alliance Advisory Council.
On the business side, Dr. McNeese has also been involved in cross-border transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean and was an advisor to Strategic Insight Group (SIG) on international and market development matters.
Michael Lanham serves as the Director of Finance for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In this capacity, Lanham acts as the agency’s chief financial officer, promoting transparency, efficiency, and accountability....
His team of highly qualified accountants and business professionals develops financial plans, prepares financial forecasts, and assesses division budgets. The team also conducts internal audits of the agency’s various divisions and grant programs, as well as operates and maintains its financial management system.
The Finance Division is involved in the work of all agency divisions, achieving a deep knowledge of all department functions and championing its programs, services, and initiatives.
Director Lanham prepares and submits budget presentations to Harris County Commissioners Court, supporting discussion on fiscal year budgets for the Sheriff’s Office and outlining how both existing and requested new funding will be used to achieve the agency’s mission and public safety priorities.
Since joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2012, Director Lanham has implemented a pre-purchasing application for internal purchase order approvals that replaced outdated paper-driven processes, financial dashboards, performance metrics, and overtime tracking and reporting.
Lanham has held a number of roles over the course of his career which spans more than two decades, including auditor, financial analyst, accounting manager, controller, and chief financial officer. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for four years in Nuremberg, Germany, followed by eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of lieutenant.
Director Lanham is a certified public accountant, certified business analysis professional, and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Victoria Jimenez serves as the Legal Director for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In this capacity, she provides legal counsel to all divisions across the agency. Her team of highly qualified legal professionals handles the agency's Texas Public Information Act requests, subpoenas, litigation discovery requests, litigation settlements, contracts, disciplinary letters, and appeals....
Ms. Jimenez has been at the forefront of modernizing Harris County’s cash bail requirements and pretrial release system along with other county stakeholders, helping safeguard constitutional rights while also ensuring public safety.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Jimenez has served in a number of key divisions and roles in the county, including assistant county attorney in the Litigation Division of the Harris County Attorney’s Office and general counsel at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science.
Before joining Harris County in 2008, Ms. Jimenez was a scientific advisor and patent agent. She has experience drafting patents for pharmaceutical companies and is licensed before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Victoria Jimenez graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry.
Gary Spurger is the Director of Information Technology (IT) for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). As Director, Mr. Spurger provides leadership in building and supporting the HCSO’s information technology infrastructure and business processes. He is also responsible for providing training opportunities for employees in new technologies that enhance our operations....
With more than 33 Years of information technology and law enforcement experience, Mr. Spurger has led organizational transformation through the strategic adoption and management of IT solutions.
He filled this position after creating the first High Tech Crime Unit for the HCSO. This unit includes investigations, mobile device forensics, video forensics, a Mobile Video Team, a Federal Bureau of Investigations regional computer forensics lab component, and the Technical Operations Unit involving drones and surveillance platforms.
Previously, he helped create the first cybercrime unit in Harris County, was a founding member of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, and served as the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children deputy commander for two years.
Mr. Spurger is a member of the following organizations: High Tech Crime Investigators Association, National Technical Investigators Association, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Metro ICAC, and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.
He is a graduate of the Leadership Command College and holds a Master Peace Officer license. We take this opportunity to thank Steven Voisin who has served as interim director. He and the HCSO information technology team have kept the technology infrastructure up and running and we are most grateful for their hard work and attention to our technology environment during this interim period.
Director David Klozik is a twenty-one-year veteran with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to the Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC) as the Director....
Prior to promotion to the Director position at the EDC, Director Klozik was a certified Peace Officer and held the position of Lieutenant in the EDC. Director Klozik was also assigned as the Lieutenant (Watch Commander) in Patrol Districts II and V, and a 1200 Baker Street Watch Commander in the Justice Housing Bureau.
Director Klozik is also a member of the HCSO Reserve Division and an instructor for the HCSO Reserve Basic Peace Officer Class for CIT, Family Violence, and Juvenile issues.
Prior to being promoted, Lieutenant Klozik was a Sergeant on the night shift in District III and later was the supervisor over the proactive robbery task force in Patrol District III. As a Sergeant, Lieutenant Klozik was also the 3rd Watch Commander over the Emergency Dispatch Center. Prior to any promotions, Director Klozik had Deputy Assignments in pro-active patrol units and regular patrol assignments in the patrol Districts III and IV. Director Klozik has previously participated in the STEP program for Seatbelt and DWI enforcement, has been involved in multiple DWI initiatives with the Sheriff’s Office, and is a four-time MADD award recipient.
Prior to being assigned to patrol, Director Klozik was assigned to the Detention Bureau as a Deputy and Civilian Jailer in both the 1301 and 1200 jail facilities mental health area.
Director Klozik possesses multiple certifications by the State of Texas licensing agency, TCOLE. He is a Certified Telecommunicator, TCOLE Instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, and Mental Health/CIT Trainer, and he holds a Master Peace Officer License.
Director Klozik is a graduate of U of H Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and is father to an 18-year-old son who is preparing to enter the United States Air Force.
Director Carla Manuel manages the Detention Performance & Efficiency Department. Manuel comes to the Harris County Sheriff's Office from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she has been the Director of Human Trafficking Intelligence since 2017. She started her career in law enforcement support with the Houston Police Department in 2011 as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst. She was quickly promoted to Staff Analyst in 2014, expanding her role in strategic planning, operational evaluations, workforce analysis, and performance evaluations....
While just another student at Howard University in Washington, D.C., having worked at the Pentagon, the September 11th attacks hit home, especially for Carla. The following year, she was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Officer. A two-time combat Veteran, Carla served 12 years on active duty and still serves today as a Lieutenant Colonel and a Detachment Deputy Commanding Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
A reflection of her passion for the criminal justice system and business performance and efficiency, Carla has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Administration of Justice and a Master’s in Business Administration. Carla finds no greater joy than spending time with her family