The first sheriff of Nueces County was H.W. Berry in 1846 when the county was organized. The following is a partial list of known former sheriffs:


Thomas S. Parker

became a Texas Ranger after his term as Sheriff


Matthew Nolan

was kill on duty


Thomas Beynon

became a private business owner after his term as Sheriff


John U. Bluntzer

became the County's Tax Collector after his term as Sheriff


Michael Bennett Wright

known for leaving impressions of two guns, handcuffs, leg irons, keys and a horseshoe in the sidewalk in front of the old County Courthouse


Frank Robinson

became a Texas Ranger after his term as Sheriff


Geroge Peters, Sr.

first elected Republican Sheriff, later served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal after his term as Sheriff


Ben F. Lee

known as the Sheriff with compassion, never carried a gun during his term


James W. Galbreath

his term was cut short by his untimely death


Paul Cox

former Nueces County Tax Collector, later became a successful realtor and developer


John B. Harney

elected Sheriff in 1938. He remained Sheriff for 14 years, until 1952


Michael Odem Dolan

former officer for the Corpus Christi Police Department


Johnnie Mitchell

former FBI agent, served 20 years as Sheriff


Solomon Ortiz

first Hispanic Sheriff, became U.S. Congressman after his term as Sheriff


James T. Hickey

served as Oritz's Chief Deputy prior to his election as Sheriff


James Patrick "J.P." Luby

former Nueces County Commissioner


Larry Olivarez, Sr.

first Hispanic to be elected to three consecutive terms


Rebecca L. Stutts

appointed a Interim Sheriff by Nueces County Commissioners Court on January, 2, 2006


Jim Kaelin

sworn into office on November 17, 2006


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