As another election year rapidly approaches, I wish to announce my bid for re-election as the Sheriff of Collin County and ask again for your support.
I am a lifelong resident of McKinney and I have been married to Rendy (Franklin) Box for 42 years. I began my career in law enforcement in 1968 with the City of McKinney. In 1971, I went to work for the Plano Police Department advancing to the rank of Sergeant. In 1981, I left the Plano Police Department when I accepted
the position of Lieutenant with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. After two years of service, I was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy in 1983. In 1985, due to the untimely death of then Sheriff Joe Steenbergen, I was appointed Sheriff by the Commissioners’ Court of Collin County. In May 1986, I ran for Sheriff in the Republican Primary against four opponents and won without a run off election. I was elected Collin County Sheriff in the 1986 November General Election and I have been honored to serve as the Sheriff of Collin County for the past 26 years.
As your Sheriff, I oversee an organization of 485 employees, which includes a state-of-the-art 1,106 bed direct supervision facility and a 192 bed minimum security facility. These facilities have set state records by passing jail certification for a consecutive 24 year period. The Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility is recognized as one of the finest professionally operated facilities in the country. As a result, we have law enforcement agencies from throughout the United States touring our facility and using it as a model for other direct supervision facilities.
Under my supervision, the Sheriff’s Office has established Crime Prevention Programs, D.W.I. awareness and Citizens on Patrol Program, a Law Enforcement Training Academy and one of the largest inmate work programs in the state. On June 29, 2010, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office was awarded Best Neighborhood
Crime Watch Program for Sheriff’s Offices in the United States by the National Sheriff’s Association. In July of this year the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Citizens on Patrol was named the 2011 Outstanding Texas Citizens on Patrol Organization.
The inmate work program benefits Collin County citizens through restoration of cemeteries, public landmarks, historical sites and working for Non Profit Organizations. In addition, this program allows small towns within Collin County to make improvements to their streets, parks and open space without additional cost
to the taxpayer. Inmates also farm and maintain 30 acres of land, providing since its inception 989,000 pounds of fresh produce, which is used to feed inmates with the excess being donated to charitable organizations. This program was established in 1992 and to date has saved Collin County taxpayers $ 2,047,697 in man-hours alone.
The Sheriff Box Shoot-Out “Fore” Kids golf tournament has raised over $1,400,000 in the past 19 years with all proceeds donated to charities in Collin County.
In 1997, I was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Board of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. I was honored to serve as Chairman of this esteemed Board from 2000 to 2003. I served as President of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas from 2001 to 2002 and continue to work on the Legislative
Committee. I serve on many civic and charitable boards. In 2002 I was presented the Bill Decker Award by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, I was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from McKinney High School in 2007, in 2009 I received the Eagle Award presented to the child advocate of the year by the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center and in 2010 I was presented an award for Outstanding Leadership and Support to Collin College by the Student Leadership Academy of Collin County Community College.
I promise the taxpayers of Collin County that I will continue to strive for excellence and maintain the highest quality of service as Sheriff of Collin County. Your support is appreciated.
Terry G. Box
Collin County Sheriff