Eric Fagan, Sheriff
On November 3, 2020, the citizens of Fort Bend County elected Eric Fagan to be their 45th Sheriff. After he took office in January 2021, Sheriff Fagan assembled an award-winning Command Staff that brings hundreds of years of collective and honorable experience to Fort Bend County, one whose policies and procedures espouse equity and inclusion and reflect the tapestry of America’s most diverse County.
He stands on a record of proven leadership, as evidenced by his impressive list of accomplishments during his first term. Since he assumed office, the Sheriff’s Office grants team has reached funding pinnacles upwards of $5.1 million, the highest ever for the office, to purchase much-needed safety equipment. It also supported pioneering programs, such as the Supported Crisis Communications Pilot Program, which embeds licensed mental health providers with dispatchers in the 911 Communications Center. He also established and improved vital programs including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Police Reform Transition Team, Gang Task Force, Citizen Review Panel, and the Human Trafficking Task Force.
Sheriff Fagan earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, where he graduated first in his class. He also earned a Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology, both degrees from Prairie View A&M University. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious, Officer of the Year Award for his stellar accomplishments, including capturing a capital murder suspect, helping families in crisis, and —his brightest moment— saving the life of a 6-month-old baby girl.
Adept at establishing mutual trust, listening to everyone’s concerns, and helping others find common ground, Sheriff Fagan says, “The Sheriff’s Office should stand for justice. My beliefs, education, and work experience taught me justice must be blind. Race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or political party affiliation should not factor into a sheriff’s decisions or actions. I am here to serve and protect all residents of Fort Bend County.”
Karolyn Drisdale is the Executive Command Assistant to Sheriff Fagan. She may be reached by email at [email protected].