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PETITION
As required by §158.033(a), a petition was presented to the Fort Bend County Judge on September 1, 2011. The petition and signers were validated by the Fort Bend County Elections Office on September 6, 2011.

The petition was completed by 516 of the 718 Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office employees, or 71.9 percent.

ELECTION
As required by §158.033(b), the Fort Bend County Judge held a secret ballot election on October 11, 2011 under the direction of the Fort Bend County Elections Office.

In accordance with §158.033(d), the County Judge canvassed the votes and on October 12, 2011 declared the result of 565 “For” and 5 “Against” the creation of a sheriff’s department civil service system. A total of 570 employees voted in the election; a turnout of 78.8 % of the total number of 723 employees in the sheriff’s office.

As required by §158.034(a), a majority (99.1 %) – 565 of the 570 employees – voting at the election approved the creation of a sheriff’s department civil service system. This resulted in the formal establishment of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Civil Service Commission.

APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS
In accordance with §158.034(a) on November 22, 2011, the following individuals were appointed as the initial members of the Commission:

Appointing Authority Individual Appointee
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court Bobby Slavinski
Fort Bend County Sheriff Otoniel Cantu, Ph.D.
Fort Bend County District Attorney Earnest Taylor

In accordance with the procedure outlined in §158.034(b), Sheriff Milton Wright designated Earnest Taylor as the Chairman of the Commission on December 6, 2011.

The first formal meeting of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Civil Service Commission was held on February 15, 2012.

In accordance with the procedure outlined in §158.034(c)(2), Commissioner Cantu was appointed for a term of one year, and Commissioners Taylor and Slavinski were each appointed for a term of two years. The terms of all three original Commissioners commenced on February 15, 2012.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations were first approved by the Commission on March 21, 2012.

Upon taking office in January of 2013, Sheriff Troy Nehls designated Stephen Brady as his appointee to the Commission replacing Otoniel Cantu, Ph. D. whose term expired February 15, 2013. Commissioner Brady will serve a two year term commencing February 15, 2013.

On May 2, 2013, Sheriff Troy Nehls named Stephen Brady as Chairman of the Commission – the second Chairman in the Commission’s history.

Effective February 15, 2014, District Attorney John Healey named Robert Gracia to replace Earnest Taylor whose term expired February 14, 2014. Also effective February 15, 2014, Commissioner’s Court reappointed Bobby Slavinski as the Court’s Civil Service Commissioner appointee for a new two-year term.

Currently, the members of the Commission are:

Appointing Authority Individual Appointee Term Expires
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court Bobby Slavinski  02/15/2016
Fort Bend County Sheriff Stephen Brady (Chairman) 02/15/2015
Fort Bend County District Attorney Robert Gracia 02/15/2016
Last updated: 2/25/2014 2:53:07 PM