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.

We hope that you find our website useful and helpful. It is our way of keeping you continuously connected.

Latest News

Traffic stop leads to arrest
Traffic stop leads to arrest
Leah Chase - Monday, March 19, 2018

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations 

SCSO responds to critical incident
Leah Chase - Thursday, March 08, 2018

On March 6, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a report of a hostage situation on County Road 2798 in Shelbyville.

The preliminary investigation indicates SCSO deputies responded to the residence of the reported hostage situation at approximately 10:04 p.m.

A male suspect reportedly exited the residence displaying a firearm and was shot by law enforcement after the suspect refused to comply with verbal commands to drop the weapon.

The suspect, Louis Troy Risinger, 70, was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers were notified and are assisting with the investigation.

This incident remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.


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