Sheriff Hierholzer, "Rusty" to many in the community that know him, is a native Texan that took residence in Kerr County in 1975. He is married with 3 daughters, 1 son. Now a proud grandfather of 10.
Sheriff Hierholzer has over 32 years with the Kerr County Sheriff's Department. During his period in law enforcement he has worked as the Criminal Investigator with the 198th District Attorney's Office. During his career with the department over the years he has worked with many sheriffs and in doing so he has served as a Patrol Deputy, Jail Administrator, Instructor, and Chief Criminal Investigator. In April of 2000 he took the role as many before him and became the Sheriff of Kerr County, Texas.
Sheriff Hierholzer has management training in: Jail Management, Management for Law Enforcement, Effective Supervision, Supervisor Workshop I, II, III Policies, Forensic and Technical Services for Managers, and FBI Management for Law Enforcement.
Sheriff Hierholzer has professional training in the areas of: Narcotics Interdiction, Drug Enforcement for Patrol Officers, Tactical Techniques for Drug Enforcement, Advance Search and Seizure, Child Abuse, Interview Techniques, Tactical Baton Instructor, FBI-Death Investigations, Advanced Fingerprints, Advanced Bloodstain Interpretation, Constitutional Criminal Procedures, Civil Process, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
During Sheriff Hierholzer's career he has received the following commendations in: 1990 Governor's Award for Crime Victims Assistance, FBI Academy for Contribution to the Death Investigation Course, Appreciation Award as Instructor - Kerrville Police Department Academy, Kerr County Service Pins: 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years, Kerr County Sheriff's Department Most Dedicated Officer, Kerr County Sheriff's Department Officer of the Year 1997, and also numerous letters of commendation for various Criminal Investigations.
Sheriff Hierholzer has an Master Peace Officer Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He holds a Master Certified Jailer. He received a Texas Peace Officers Instructor's License and has trained persons to become Texas Police Officers and Texas Jailers. He has been accepted by courts as an expert in the areas of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Fingerprint Comparison, and Crime Scene Reconstruction.
As Sheriff of Kerr County, Sheriff Hierholzer's goals for the Department and the citizens of Kerr County are: TEAMWORK and COOPERATION with all area agencies, including Law Enforcement, schools, media, etc., to work with Commissioners' Court on long range plans for the Department, to provide the citizens of Kerr County a Department with the highest level of professionalism available, to provide employees with a feeling of job security, to ensure that employees of the Department are well trained, to provide a safe county jail, to work within the budget guidelines set by the Commissioners' Court, to treat all citizens in a fair and equal manner, and to operate a Department that represents and answers to the citizens of Kerr County.
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