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

Unresponsive driver leads to narcotics arrest
Unresponsive driver leads to narcotics arrest
Leah Chase - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On May 18, 2018, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Griffin was dispatched to FM 2975 and FM 417 West for an unresponsive driver stopped in the roadway. The initial call indicated two passersby’s were concerned that the driver may have been suffering from a medical condition because he would not wake up.

Once on scene, Deputy Griffin spent several minutes trying to awake the driver. After a period of time, the driver slowly awoke and put the car in park. The driver was identified 36-year old Jeffrey Haley of Center.

Deputy Griffin observed Haley to have slurred speech and instructed Haley to step out of the vehicle. When Haley stepped out, Deputy Griffin observed a clear plastic bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana. Deputy Griffin detained Haley and conducted a probable search of the vehicle.

Two Xanax pills and the remains of a marijuana cigarette were located inside a Newport cigarette pack located in the driver’s side door pocket. Two clear plastic baggies containing a clear crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine were rolled up inside of the exterior cellophane wrapper around the cigarette pack.

ACE EMS arrived on scene to examine Haley but he refused medical treatment. Deputy Griffin was able to verify that Haley did not have a prescription for the Xanax.

Haley was arrested and booked into the Shelby County jail for POCS (F-4) - $5,000 bond; POCS (M-A) - $4,000 bond; and POM (M-B) - $1,500 bond.


Anderson found safe, three arrested for kidnapping
Anderson found safe, three arrested for kidnapping
Leah Chase - Friday, May 04, 2018

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that Melony Anderson was found safe and unharmed in Batesville, MS on May 3, 2018 and three subjects were taken into custody. Elizabeth Sanford, 36, Laurel Smith, 22, and Shannon Leonard, 27, all of Center, were arrested by the Batesville Police Department (BPD) on warrants out of Shelby County for Kidnapping (F-3)  

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