Sheriff Willis Blackwell

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is here to provide the law enforcement services our community needs to enrich the quality of life we've come to enjoy in this area of East Texas. As your Sheriff, it is my honor to serve the citizens of this county. Although it is a job that is faced with many challenges, I look forward to those challenges each day. I greatly appreciate your trust and confidence.

Upon taking the oath as your Sheriff, I promised to have an open door. I will continue to be available for any citizen needing to speak with me. Members of this county will always be treated with the utmost respect. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office strives to make our county a place where people enjoy living. If you have any questions about your Sheriff’s Office, please feel free to contact me or any member of my staff. Having worked in law enforcement for 44 years, I know and my Deputies know that our community members are the key to keeping this county safe and the streets clean.

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Latest News

SCSO seeking information on structure fire
SCSO seeking information on structure fire
Leah Chase - Friday, February 16, 2018

On February 8, 2018 at approximately 4 a.m., the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 8185 CR 2115 in Shelbyville. This residence is at the corner of 87 South and CR 2115.

Upon arrival, fire crews found the single story structure and a passenger car fully involved. At the time of the fire, the residence was unoccupied and had no utilities hooked up.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this suspicious fire. If you have any information regarding this fire or if you have seen anyone at the residence in the days prior to this incident, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.


Couple arrested for child endangerment
Couple arrested for child endangerment
Leah Chase - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Aubrey Neal Graves, 47, of Center and Jessica Hedges, 32, of Center.

On December 19, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was notified by Child Protective Services (CPS) that a court order had been issued by the State of Texas to remove a one year-old child in the care of Graves and Hedges. Brown tracked Graves and Hedges to a motel in San Augustine on December 20, where officers with the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office detained the two and CPS took custody of the child.

On December 21, 2017 a hair test was performed on the child and a positive result was returned for methamphetamines.

A warrant was issued for Graves and Hedges for Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF) on January 11. The two were arrested in San Augustine County January 12 and released January 14 after each posted $10,000 bonds.

The SCSO would like to thank the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this case.


 Aubrey Neal Graves                                                                        Jessica Hedges



Contact Information

Office Address

100 Hurst Street

Center, Tx 75935

Sheriff's Office

(936) 598-5601

Crime Stoppers

(936) 598-7233

County Attorney

(936) 598-6100

District Attorney

(936) 598-2489