About Sheriff Richardson

Sheriff Joel W. Richardson

Sheriff Richardson was elected Randall County Sheriff in 2000 after serving as Chief Deputy for 13 years. He ran unopposed and was re-elected Sheriff in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The Sheriff has been with the Randall County Sheriff's Office since 1976 serving as a patrol deputy, Special Crimes Investigator, Criminal Investigator, Lieutenant of the Criminal Division and Chief Deputy. He has over 2,000 hours of law enforcement training including graduating Valedictorian of the 13th Regional Peace Officer Academy. Sheriff Richardson holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate, Law Enforcement Instructor License and is a licensed Arson Investigator.

The Sheriff was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as Commissioner on the Board of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in 2007 for a six year term and was appointed to serve as Presiding Officer in 2011. He also is Chairman of the Board for the Potter/Randall Emergency Communications District (911), Past Board Member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas, Past President of the Texas Chief Deputies Association and Past Division Chair and Cabinet Member of the United Way. Sheriff Richardson is a Rotarian and is a Past President of the Canyon Rotary Club. He is a member of the United Peace Officers of America, Texas Jail Association, National Emergency Number Association, the Texas Panhandle Peace Officers Association, the Sheriff's Association of Texas and the National Sheriff’s Association.

Randall County and the Randall County Sheriff's Office have seen tremendous growth since Sheriff Richardson took office in 2001. His philosophy is to humbly serve the people of the community and be a good steward of the taxpayer's money. “My number one job is to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens.”

Sheriff Joel W. Richardson with John Cornyn

Sheriff Joel W. Richardson with Governor Greg Abbott