Mathis: Experience will keep him in sheriff's job
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• Name: Gary L. Mathis
• Age: 60
• Occupation: Sheriff
• City of Residence: Midfield
Gary Mathis wants to continue to be sheriff for Matagorda County.
"I have been your sheriff for the last three and a half years and during that time we have made tremendous improvements to the county," he said.
During Mathis' first term, he has kept the sheriff's department finances under budget, returning $227,848 back to the county's budget.
The Vietnam War veteran's background includes 24 years of continuous full-time paid law enforcement, 1,680 hours of education and training and more than 200 hours of management leadership. He is also a licensed jailer and master peace officer.
"I believe that the role of sheriff is best filled by a person with not only a significant amount of law enforcement experience, but also an individual who is willing to be held to a higher moral and ethical standard and to serve as an example to his community by his lifestyle," he said.
The 60-year-old Midfield resident said if re-elected he will keep working to make the county a safer place to be.
"My work at the sheriff's office is not done by any means. While Matagorda County is a safer place than it was four years ago, we can and we will make it safer still. And while we are light years ahead of where we were in professionalizing the office, there is more training to be done, procedures to be streamlined, and additional planning that needs to be done," he said.
Capt. Richard Rooth who oversees the crime investigation division for Matagorda County Sheriff's Department, has been a friend and supporter of the sheriff for more than 20 years.
"He is the qualified person for this job and has a strong work ethic who will get the job done," he said. "Quality personnel is the key to effective law enforcement and he understands that by keeping those who will help with him."
Supporter Henry Lopez said Mathis has a strong faith and has honest beliefs.
"I have known the sheriff for more than 10 years and believe he will continue to be a good sheriff for this community," he said.