Matthew J. Atkinson ( read )
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
On behalf of the entire staff of the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
It is hard to believe that I took office one year ago, and I am very proud of all that we have accomplished this first year. Here are some of the highlights:
Decreased the operating budgets of both the Sheriff’s Office and County Jail by streamlining various day-to-day standard operating procedures, and reducing overall spending.
Continued to build strong and positive working relationships with all members of County Government.
Worked with the County Judge and Commissioner’s Court to enhance Courthouse Security by creating a full-time Warrant/Court Officer to supplement part-time staffing.
Worked with the County Judge and Commissioner’s Court to create one full-time Jailer position to help ease the workload on existing jail staff.
Re-negotiated the Gonzales County Jail Commissary agreement to better benefit the inmate population by providing more purchase options; and increased the sales commission - funds which are solely used for the inmate services.
Transitioned to the online Inmate Fund System JailATM, which has allowed easier deposit access to inmate accounts by family members, as well as, facilitating easier account reconciliation and auditing.
Sold over $23,000 in forfeited property - proceeds of which were shared between the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales County Attorney’s Office, and Gonzales Police Department.
Created an official agency website.
Created the “GCSO Fallen Officer Memorial Scholarship” to provide a scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the county’s high schools: Gonzales High School, Nixon-Smiley High School, and Waelder High School.
Partnered with area Neighborhood Watch Associations to build positive community relationships and aid with Crime Prevention efforts.
Sponsored a county-wide forum covering church security issues.
Sponsored an area-wide Crisis Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training seminar, partnering with the Gonzales Police Department, Texas Highway Patrol, and Texas Rangers Division
These are only the highlights of a job well-done by all the staff at the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales County Jail, all of whom I am extremely proud of for their dedicated service. There is a lot yet to accomplish, and we will continue work hard for our employers – all the Citizens of Gonzales County.