Art Casarez Democrat Candidate for Taylor County Sheriff

Art Casarez Democrat Candidate for Taylor County Sheriff

Art Casarez Democrat Candidate for Taylor County Sheriff Family: Wife Elena; daughter Julie, a Mann Middle School Girl’s Athletic Coach; son Jason who lives in Denton; and grandson Tyler Cagle Occupation: Probation Officer in charge of supervising Child Custody, Minimum and Pre-Trial Diversion probationers since 2002 Education: Miles High School, Miles, Texas 1966; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Hardin Simmons University, 1975; Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies, Loyola University at New Orleans, 1999. Work Experience: Abilene Police Academy 1971, Patrol Division for 2 1/2 years; Vice and Narcotics 1973. {{more}} Department of Public Safety Academy Austin, Texas graduate 1978. State Trooper in Jones County from 1978 to 1982. Criminal Law Enforcement Narcotics Division of DPS from 1982 to retirement in 2002. Probation officer from 2002 to 2003. Due to a reduction in force at the probation office I worked at the Taylor County jail for 5 months. I returned to the Probation Office after hiring was reinstated. My area of expertise has been major drug conspiracies throughout the state of Texas. I was the first police officer to initiate a wiretap investigation in Abilene. I have worked every type of drug investigation from street level distributors to international cocaine and marijuana cartels and large scale methamphetamine dealers. I have experience in investigating all major crimes throughout the state of Texas. I have learned much about the human condition throughout my career. Since working in the jail and in Probation I understand that incarceration is necessary for some people. I also know that there are alternatives that work well to rehabilitate individuals. My experience, leadership and education allows me to be a sheriff that would be open to discussion to find new and better ways to address crime and punishment. I am a person that believes that as a community we can work together to get things done that need to be done. We can all work together to guarantee the dignity of the human being and equal access to all the things we all desire, security, peace and hope. Political Experience: Sheriff candidate 2004 Community involvement: Member and Deacon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Prison Ministry, Robertson Unit for the last 5 years; Angel Tree Ministry; Knights of Columbus; Veteran’s of Foreign Wars; Assist my wife with Hospice volunteer assignments; have previously taught religious education to middle school boys for 3 yrs, have been a coach or assisted coaching Pee-Wee League, Little League baseball, basketball and soccer youth sports. As part of my deacon ministry, I have visited nursing homes, hospitals, and the homebound. For the last 4 yrs, I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Betty Hardwick Center. I am proud of the work done by that organization in addressing mental health issues. Throughout my career I have always recognized that leadership, education, and experience must be used to make a better place and a secure future. I ask for your support and your vote. Respectfully submitted, Art Casarez