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

Great turnout at 4th annual Halloween in the Hole
Great turnout at 4th annual Halloween in the Hole
Leah Chase - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns – Farmers Insurance would like to thank the businesses who participated in the 4th Annual Halloween in the Hole held Oct. 30 at the Center High School baseball field.

This year’s event was the largest yet. A total of 40 businesses handed out candy and treats to roughly 900 children. A great time was had by all! Plans are already being discussed to make next year’s event the best yet.

Halloween in the Hole would not be possible without the generosity of our local businesses. Participants included: Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing, Vision Source, Sabine State Bank, Sanford & Sons, Dependable Arms, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Simply Personal, Center Floral, The Light & Champion, David’s Auto & East Texas Towing, Pine Grove Nursing Home, NAPA, Shelby County Senior Citizen Site, Cline Family Medicine, Carthage TYSON, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, Shelby County Tax Accessor Debra Riley, Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell, Shelby County Clerk Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Veterans Service Office, City of Center, Brookshire’s, Anytime Fitness, Swift Cash, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Pineywood’s Seafood, Boom Boom Photo Booth, Steel Building Supply, Covington Lumber, Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary, Pizza Hut, Mathews Real Estate, Las Margaritas, Farmers State Bank, Shelby County Farm Bureau and Gaddy’s Medical.

See you next year at Halloween in the Hole!


Halloween in the Hole
Halloween in the Hole
Leah Chase - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns – Farmers Insurance Agency will host the 4th annual HALLOWEEN IN THE HOLE, Monday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center High School baseball field.  

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