Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler announced he will be seeking another term as sheriff next year.
Fowler, 81, Republican, was born and raised in the county and was elected as sheriff in January 2005.
“When I took office the needs of this sheriff’s office were obvious. It was quite a challenge to get where we are today and to be quite honest about it, I want another term because I want to enjoy this,” Fowler said. “We’ve had great success and that may sound a little simplistic, but it’s the truth and I’m at a point now where I’m enjoying what we’ve accomplished.”
Fowler has received numerous awards and accolades for his innovative thinking, according to a release, and most recently helped the sheriff’s office become part of the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit, which includes eight counties dedicated to stopping drug and human trafficking.
“It’s just another way for the sheriffs’ to reach out with this drug situation that we have and we decided to band together,” Fowler said. “You can make a difference collectively a whole lot better than individually and that’s the way we looked at it. It’s been quite successful.”
Parker County resident Joe Hobbs, 50, has announced he will run against Fowler in the race for sheriff.
“My aspirations for this county are that I’m going to clean up the sheriff’s department and police department,” Hobbs said. “I know a lot of people in the sheriff’s department, so when I’m elected, 40 percent of them are fired. I’m going to interview every one of them and talk to everybody when I become sheriff.”
A highlight of his career Fowler pointed out was the changes to the Parker County Jail.
“The jail being run under contract has been very successful as far as monetarily to the county. The thing to remember is we run over 5,000 people a year through the jail, so it has its trials and tribulations, but on a day-to-day basis it’s a really clean, well-run operation,” Fowler said. “For all the trouble this jail was having prior to my election, we have not failed an inspection ever since I took office. When I took office we had prisoners in six jails scattered around Texas and the cost was through the roof, but we got the new jail built and got the contract in place and it’s really been smooth sailing. I’m quite proud of it.”
Fowler said he hopes to continue on the path of improving safety and services in the county.
“I first ran for sheriff because I saw where changes and improvements needed to be made,” Fowler said. “We have achieved many goals and hope to continue improving the safety and services we provide to the citizens of Parker County, leading our law enforcement officers to new heights and directions.”
Filing for the March 3, 2020, election will be held from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9 and early voting will begin on Feb. 18, 2020.