Is currently serving as task force commander

Submitted Report, The Freer Press

Romeo R. Ramirez announces his candidacy for Sheriff of Duval County in the upcoming March 2008 Democratic Primary Election.

Ramirez, 44, is a lifelong resident of Benavides, Texas. He will bring with him his experience, qualifications, and his work ethics of more than 22 years in law enforcement.

Ramirez began his law enforcement career shortly after graduating from Bee County College in 1983. He has worked his entire career in Duval County where he is currently serving as Commander of the Central South Texas Criminal Investigations Unit (Task Force), which provides law enforcement services to Duval, Live Oak, and McMullen counties.

Ramirez, whom is currently commissioned through the Live Oak County Sheriff's Department, holds a Masters Peace Officer's License, Instructor's License, Jailer's License, and a Communications License, all of which are in compliance with the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers' Standards and Education.

Ramirez, who has dedicated more than 22 years of his career as a Peace Officer, worked his way up to the supervisory position. He has worked closely with the citizens of Duval County and understands their individual concerns.

Ramirez currently serves on the Benavides Independent School District Board of Trustees, the Duval County Appraisal District Board, Community Action Council of South Texas Board and is a member and a former President of the Coastal Bend Peace Officers' Association.

Ramirez also served as Municipal Judge for the City of Benavides for five years.

"I want the citizens of Duval County to know that I will continue to work closely with all law enforcement agencies, federal, state and local, in the continuous efforts to reduce the amount of crime being committed in our communities to increase the security of the people," he said. "I will work closely with the judicial system to ensure justice to the victims and will work with our school districts to bring drug awareness programs back to our children. I strongly feel that my experience, both in the field and administratively, can bring forward changes and new ideas. My goal is to make Duval County a better and safer place to live, giving the people what they deserve."

Ramirez is married to Sally H. Ramirez of Benavides, Texas, and has twin daughters, Roxanna and Riva, and one son, Romeo Ramirez Jr.