Major Thomas E. Goodfellow is the Commander of the Detention Bureau for the Ft Bend County Sheriff’s Office. In this role, he manages the Ft Bend County Detention facility, a 1766 bed facility for inmate housing, to include a medical section, food service kitchen, inmate transportation and a grievance and disciplinary board. Additionally, within the Detention Bureau, he commands the Criminal Justice Center Courtroom security and bailiff’s duties, jail administration as well as prisoner booking and releasing.
Prior to his appointment by Sheriff’s Nehls, Goodfellow spend 26 years with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department working in the Jail Division, Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations and Departmental Administration. Major Goodfellow brings a vast array of law enforcement experience starting with 2 years as a Federal Agent in Los Angeles working for Immigration and Border Patrol. Additionally, Goodfellow retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserve with two tours in Afghanistan, one tour in Iraq, a tour in Bosnia, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala. He is a graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in military doctrine and strategy.
Goodfellow holds a Master Peace Officer certificate as well as a Master in Jail Operations. He is a graduate of the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), at Glynco GA and numerous Army schools, United Nations Critical Incident Command courses. He has received two Bronze Star Medals, one Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Badges for direct fire, and several army deployment medals for overseas tours. He and his three daughters reside in the Houston Area.