Robert GraciaCommission Chairman
Robert Gracia, of Richmond, is a realtor at Clayton Nash Real Estate. He is a member of the Texas Realtor Association, the National Realtor Association and a life member of the International Police Chief Association. He is a public board member of the Texas Medical Board and a board member of Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Gracia previously served the City of Rosenberg for 36 years as the city's longest tenured Police Chief and as City Manager. Gracia received a Bachelor of Science in business management from LeTourneau University, and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 152nd Session, Wharton County Junior College Law Enforcement Academy, and the Champions School of Real Estate.
Otoniel Cantu was one of the founders of the Fort Bend County Sheriffs’ Office Civil Service in 2012, where he helped adopt the Civil Service Commission’s Rules and Regulations.
Otoniel has over 43 years serving oil, gas and chemicals industries and has earned his Ph.D., in Chemical Engineering with specialty in Advance Process Control, Distillation and Reaction Kinetics. Otoniel has a perfect safety record because he has learned that safety is primordial and can be achieved by working as a team, training and following strict rules and regulations. He believes that a successful Sheriff’s Office must adhere to a similar structure.
Otoniel has lived in Fort Bend County since 2007 with his wife, who he married in 1994. They have three children, one a college graduate, one in his second year of college and the third in High School.
Otoniel believes serving is not about political affiliation, but about doing what is correct for Fort Bend County. Otoniel believes in fairness and protecting the rights of all Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s. He believes that all Law Enforcement Deputies should have the opportunity to promote and to be treated fairly in all aspects of their careers.
Lanny Hitchcock moved to Fort Bend in September 2007. Prior to his move, he lived in Harris County, where he was employed with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for over 32 years. Lanny recently retired from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on January 31, 2014, after 13 years as a Captain. He graduated the Basic Peace Officer Academy in November of 1981 and earned his first supervisory role as a patrol corporal in September 1987. During his extensive career with Harris County, he worked in both the jail and patrol bureaus. His years of experience include being a supervisor throughout most of the departments to include CID, with the majority of his time in the Law Enforcement Bureau. His most recent position was as a patrol captain, which he held for over 10 years. In December 1998, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, 195th Session. Currently, he holds an Instructor and Master Peace Officer license from the State of Texas.
While employed with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Lanny became well educated in the Civil Service Commission process to include participating in both the grievance and appeal process. He has testified in appeals on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office as well as the employee. Additionally, he’s participated in the Civil Service Promotional Process for the positions of sergeant, lieutenant and captain.
Lanny is married to Dawn and has two children, his son Jeremy and daughter Michelle, a daughter in law, Devanee and son in law, Andreas. He also has three grandchildren, Kaethe (Kay-Tah), Joshua and Reese. He enjoys family time, cooking, boating, hunting, wood working, lawn work, talk radio and RV’ing.