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 seeking whereabouts of Simmons
SCSO seeking whereabouts of Simmons
Leah Chase - Tuesday, September 08, 2020

UPDATE 9/8/20 7:30 p.m.: Ms. Simmons has been located in Lamar County. She is safe with a family member. 

SCSO investigating suspicious death
SCSO investigating suspicious death
Leah Chase - Friday, September 04, 2020

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is actively investigating a suspicious death that occurred Thursday, Sept.4, 2020 on County Road 3754 in Center. Upon arrival at the residence, officers spoke with an 88-year-old male who had been assaulted. Officers were advised that the subject was still inside the residence. Upon entry, officers found the body of a white female who was deceased in a back room of the residence. The body of the female subject was sent to Tyler for an autopsy. The deceased has been identified as Kristy Simmonds of Center. 

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