Lubbock County Commissioners appoint Rowe as sheriff

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - County commissioners have unanimously appointed Chief Deputy Kelly Rowe as Lubbock County's new sheriff. Rowe is currently chief deputy for the Sheriff's office. He has been with the Lubbock County Sheriff's office for about ten years. Bill McCay made the motion to appoint Rowe.

Five candidates went in front of Lubbock County Commissioners Court Monday to interview for the vacant sheriff's seat.

Monday, Rowe expanded on the job at hand. "My main thought on things is that we've still got a lot of things to accomplish.  First and foremost is that new facility out there by the airport.  That represents the largest single project I think Lubbock County has ever been involved in.  I think we still have quite a bit to accomplish to transition into that building and ultimately occupy it."

"My leadership style, I firmly believe in the golden rule of leadership which is you set the example.  When you do that and you give a clear, concise picture of where you want to be, achievable goals to set, then you provide a great frame work to accomplish any mission you set out to," states Rowe.

The finalists had more than 120 years of combined public service experience.

The commissioners say all five candidates were qualified and that they had a tough decision to make. They say Monday's interview process was about maintaining transparency and the candidates agree the process was fairly unconventional.

Now that the sheriff has been appointed, Rowe must run for the position in the March 2010 primaries. If he loses, he'll continue to serve the remainder of the term until the newly elected sheriff is sworn in after the November 2010 election.

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