LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After 33 years of serving the citizens of Lubbock County, including 11 years as sheriff, David Gutierrez is stepping down. The sheriff's resignation is effective September 12th. Two days later he'll begin working for the state as a board member for the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.
It was a decision Gutierrez says he made in the last week and a half. Governor Rick Perry extended an invitation to serve on the 6 member Texas Parole and Pardons Board and Monday county officials, close friends and family gathered in long-time friend Judge Sam Medina's courtroom as Gutierrez announced his transition into public service at the state level.
Gutierrez says this time the opportunity was just too good to pass up. "I've given my life to the county and everything I have done has been for this county," says Sheriff Gutierrez. "I stand on my record as sheriff. I began in the jail, worked patrol, worked fugitive warrants and rose the ranks as supervisor. I went back to the jail during difficult times Lubbock faced," adds the Sheriff about the different ways he has served Lubbock.
Proud of his accomplishments, Sheriff Gutierrez attributes his successes to his staff and says it's an honor to accept Governor Rick Perry's nomination to the Texas Parole and Pardons Board. "I've spoken to my campaign supporters, contributors and top people in the community and they all agree I cannot turn down a 3rd or 4th opportunity," adds Gutierrez about his decision.
Gutierrez says he wishes he could see the new jail open as sheriff. "I've turned down many opportunities because I wanted to get the jail open. I have a staff and they are ready," he says.
As his announcement came to an end, family, friends, deputies and county commissioners all stood to honor Sheriff David Gutierrez' service to Lubbock County. "Lubbock is my home and it will always be my hometown, thank you," added Gutierrez.
Sheriff Gutierrez will commute between Gatesville, Texas and Lubbock. The County Commissioners expect to fill his position sometime in the next few weeks.
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