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 regarding Smith Cemetery
SCSO seeking information regarding Smith Cemetery
Leah Chase - Monday, July 02, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred between the evening hours on June 29 and early morning hours on June 30, 2018 at the Smith Cemetery on CR 3153 in Center.

Suspects appeared to have connected part of the fencing to a vehicle and peeled approximately 150 feet of fence from its setting. The damage occurred on both sides of the roadway. A total of 300 feet of fencing was damaged. The cemetery gate was also ripped from the fence.

The initial investigation revealed the tire tracks were from a dually type of vehicle.

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601.


SCSO seeking whereabouts of Barber
SCSO seeking whereabouts of Barber
Leah Chase - Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Barber was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 in Joaquin by Pct. 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood. She was booked into the Shelby County Jail on warrants for Assault Causing Bodily Injury (M-A) $2,500 bond and Theft of Property (M-B) $1,500 bond.


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