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

Part Time Help Wanted
Part Time Help Wanted
Leah Chase - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has openings available for part-time jailers. Applicants must be able to pass a background check, physical and drug screen and psychology screening. Applicants must be 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma. The positions will require nights, holidays and weekends.  Shifts are eight (8) hours per day. We are looking for mature and responsible individuals who are willing to learn and will show up for their shifts. This position requires knowledge of computer skills. Please do not apply if you are not computer literate. Jailers are required to wear a uniform and maintain a clean appearance. 

Applications are available for pick up at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office located across from Brookshire Brothers at 100 Hurst Streets in Center.

We will not mail, fax or email applications.



SCSO seeking whereabouts of Thomas
SCSO seeking whereabouts of Thomas
Leah Chase - Friday, October 12, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Robert Odis Thomas, 50, of Tenaha. Thomas was last seen September 17, 2018 at a residence off County Road 4360 in Tenaha. He reportedly left the residence in an unknown direction of travel. 

Contact Information

Office Address

100 Hurst Street
Center, Tx 75935

Sheriff's Office

(936) 598-5601

County Attorney

(936) 598-6100

County Clerk

(936) 598-6361

District Attorney

(936) 598-2489

District Clerk

(936) 598-4164