Meet Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is working every day to keep Harris County seniors, families and children safe. He is advancing reforms to our criminal justice system to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law. And he is reforming the office to make it more efficient by controlling costs and eliminating waste.
Ed earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown and went on to serve 18 years with the Houston Police Department. He started out as a civilian employee, then became a police officer and rose to the rank of Sergeant, leading homicide investigations and serving on the elite hostage negotiation team.
Ed was elected to the Houston City Council in 2009, serving three terms as the representative for District H. He was elected by his peers in 2010 to serve as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem in 2012 by Mayor Annise Parker.
As chair of City Council’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, Ed broke new ground with initiatives to protect vulnerable seniors from elder abuse, expand the fight against human trafficking, reduce the public safety risks of stray animals, protect cyclists and pedestrians on city streets and protect online buyers and sellers from predators.
While on the City Council, Ed built a reputation for using his law enforcement background to lead reforms to our criminal justice system:
- Ed led the creation of Houston’s Sobering Center, which keeps people who need help out of the criminal justice system and allows police officers to spend more time on patrol, catching hardened criminals.
- Ed spearheaded the creation of Café College Houston, a one-stop-shop for teens and adults to receive help in finding the right college, SAT & ACT preparation, college admissions assistance, career guidance and financial aid. A key feature is a diversion program for juveniles with minor offenses to get class credit in lieu of being cited and paying a fine.
- And Ed presented the idea and worked with HPD to launch the Safe Haven Program that allows individuals conducting online business transactions (e.g., through eBay, Craigslist, etc.) to designate a police station as a meeting place to deter unscrupulous buyers or sellers.
Ed was elected Sheriff of Harris County, Texas on November 8, 2016.