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

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.


Local residents urged to join Sheriffs' Association
Local residents urged to join Sheriffs' Association
Leah Chase - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Willis Blackwell invites Shelby County residents to become Associate Members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

Membership appeals will go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support beginning at a $100 contribution level. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.

Contributions are tax deductible, and unlike any organization in our state, the Membership program does not solicit membership by telephone.

“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before,” said Sheriff Blackwell. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making communities safer places to live, work and play.”

The Program is committed to its “No Telemarketing” policy and only sends invitations to citizens to become members by mail. Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can do so by contacting the Sheriff’s Association of Texas; 1601 S. Interstate 35; Austin, Texas 78741-2503; or by phone at 512-445-5888. Information is also available online at www.txsheriffs.org.

The membership program was formed to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to help local law enforcement officers protect the lives and property of citizens.

As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in this country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” said Sheriff Blackwell. “I encourage everyone receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Associate Member. It is a valuable investment in the future.”


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