Schmidt for Gonzales County Sheriff

I appreciated the opportunity to meet Governor Abbott today and discuss issues we are facing in Gonzales County. – Jan. 11, 2022

It is with great pride and humility that I serve you as Gonzales County Sheriff.

I have dedicated over forty years of community service to Gonzales County as a firefighter, leading the Gonzales Fire Department as Fire Chief from January 2009 until December 2021. I am currently serving as the Gonzales County Fire Marshal since 2011 and as a Texas Peace Officer with the Gonzales County Attorney’s Office since 2017. I served as a Deputy with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office (non-paid) from 2017 till December 31, 2020 and completed an extensive field training officer program and worked on the streets as a patrol deputy. I also bring years of business acumen and experience to this position. As your elected Sheriff I will strive to provide the best quality law enforcement services to our citizens and visitors in the most professional, transparent and ethical manner possible. We will, as an agency, create positive community relationships to ensure accountability to strengthen the public’s trust that we will not only protect, but truly serve each citizen equally, honestly, and in good faith.

I would appreciate your vote and support in the 2022 Election.

Met with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst on the border crises and state of the union. – Oct. 12, 2021

Early Voting
February 14-25, 2022

Election Day
March 1, 2022

About Sheriff Schmidt

I am a vibrant CEO and Certified Peace Officer with an innovative mind, who is fiscally conservative, and highly motivated leader seeking the Office of Gonzales County Sheriff. I am poised to leverage forty plus years of experience in promoting good community relations, protecting and serving the great citizens of Gonzales County, responding to emergency situations, maintaining order and enforcing the laws of the State of Texas.

Work Experience

  • President of Schmidt & Sons, Inc.
  • Former Fire Chief of Gonzales, TX
  • Current Gonzales County Fire Marshal
  • Certified Texas Peace Officer

Sheriff Schmidt’s Qualifications

  • Manage a 50 Million Dollar Budget.
  • Written & Received <$500k in Grants.
  • Reputable Business Acumen.
  • Proven Leadership.
  • Proficient in Information Technology.
  • Skilled Personnel Management Expertise.

Duties of A Sheriff

  • Serves as a Licensed Peace Officer.
  • Responsible for Enforcing Criminal Laws of the State.
  • Manages and Operates the County Jail.
  • Provides Security for the Courts.
  • Serves Warrants and Civil Papers.
  • Regulates Bail Bondsmen.

Education & Certifications

  • Graduated GHS 5/1979
  • Licensed Irrigator 8/31/1990
  • Basic Fire Inspector 5/5/2011
  • Basic Wildland Firefighter 5/15/13
  • Driver Operator 1/14/14
  • Instructor II 9/30/14
  • Fire Officer II 04/24/15
  • Intermediate Fire Inspector 05/28/15
  • Traffic Incident Responders 09/10/15
  • Basic Fire investigator 11/23/15
  • Hazardous Material I.C. 2/10/16
  • Court Security Certification 10/11/2018
  • Advanced Fire Investigator 5/14/2019
  • Advanced Fire Inspector 5/14/2019
  • Advanced Structure Firefighter 5/14/2019
  • Emergency Care Attendant 5/24/1985
  • Licensed Electrician
  • Courage to Be Safe 5/4/12
  • Basic Fire Fighter 10/31/13
  • Instructor I 6/6/14
  • Fire Officer I 03/11/15
  • Intermediate Structure Firefighter 05/28/15
  • Head of Department 06/11/15
  • Incident Safety Officer 10/06/15
  • Intermediate Fire Investigator 12/3/15 2
  • Peace Officer 4/4/2017
  • Basic Peace Officer 11/14/2018
  • Intermediate Peace Officer 4/28/2021
  • Advanced Arson Investigator 5/23/2019
  • NIMS 100,200,300,400,700,800

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

 

  • As a Texas Peace Officer, I have completed 1259 Hours of training, of which 160 hours was in a field officer training program with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office.

Community Involvement

  • Serving as a Deputy with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office (non-paid) from 2017 till December 31, 2020 and completed an extensive field training officer program and worked on the streets as a patrol deputy. 
  • Serving as a volunteer fire fighter since February 1979.
  • Coached Little League Baseball for 12 years taking several teams to championship – 1980-1992.
  • Served as President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Assistant Fire Chief from 1989-2008.
  • Served as a Director for the Texas Hereford Association from 2006-2011
  • Serving as Volunteer Fire Chief since January 2009.
  • Serving as Fire Marshall (non- compensating position) for Gonzales County since 12/13/2010.
  • Serving as Selective Services Board Member for Gonzales County since January 2011.
  • Serving as Adjunct instructor for Fire in Texas since 2015.
  • Serving the Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s Fire Fighter Advisory Board since 4/28/2016.
  • Serving as Secretary-Treasurer for Gonzales County Emergency Services District No. 2 since 2/9/2021.

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I am excited about the new CCA Gonzales Come and Catch It Chapter and look forward to their upcoming Banquest on August 11, 2022, 6:00pm, at J.B.Wells Civic Center. ... See MoreSee Less

I am excited about the  new CCA  Gonzales Come and Catch It Chapter and look forward to their upcoming Banquest on August 11, 2022, 6:00pm, at J.B.Wells Civic Center.

We are all going to miss hearing Alpo on the radio keeping us all safe. Rest in Peace Brother.Rest in Peace Brother!!! You will truly be missed. ... See MoreSee Less

We are all going to miss hearing Alpo on the radio keeping us all safe. Rest in Peace Brother.

Our thoughts and prayers, go out to the Belmont Fire Department and the family of Bob Kidd. He is going to be missed in the first responder community. Rest in Peace Brother!!!In memory of Bob Kidd (1946-2022) who passed away peacefully in his sleep last night...

Bob Kidd was a dedicated firefighter who joined Belmont VFD in 2004. He fulfilled several roles and was a safety officer for a number of years. He answered the majority of calls, missing very few over his 18 year career as a volunteer firefighter. He was a kind, caring and dedicated person. He'll be missed by his family, friends, fellow firefighters and the community.

Words from Mark Newman, firefighter with Belmont VFD since 1989:

"Bob Kidd was a dedicated fireman who would go on a call the day he got out of the hospital. I did some work for him and Jackie and I recruited him. We became good friends. Little did I know he would be my father in law. He was my friend, my brother fireman, and father in law. What more can one say?"

Rest in peace, Bob. You surely deserve your slice of heaven, and then some! 🙏
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Our thoughts and prayers, go out to the Belmont Fire Department and the family of Bob Kidd. He is going to be missed in the first responder community. Rest in Peace Brother!!!

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Thank you to everyone in our community for voting for me as your Gonzales County Sheriff in the Republican Primary Election. I am deeply humbled by your support, and I am dedicated to serving you. When we work together as members of one community, I know we can accomplish great things.

I wish Sergeant Investigator William Miller all the best in his future endeavors.

I will need your support in the upcoming November General Election. I want to be as accessible and responsive to you as possible, therefore; I invite you to contact me anytime at info@keithschmidt.org or (830) 263-2061. Please take care, and I look forward to talking with you soon.
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Thank you to everyone in our community for voting for me as your Gonzales County Sheriff in the Republican Primary Election. I am deeply humbled by your support, and I am dedicated to serving you. When we work together as members of one community, I know we can accomplish great things.

I wish Sergeant Investigator William Miller all the best in his future endeavors.

I will need your support in the upcoming November General Election. I want to be as accessible and responsive to you as possible, therefore; I invite you to contact me anytime at info@keithschmidt.org or (830) 263-2061. Please take care, and I look forward to talking with you soon.

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Congratulations my friend. I pray you keep God first as He continues to bless you as our Sheriff.

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Congratulations on your win! 👍

Thank You Thompsonville Community Church for hosting a Meet Your Gonzales County Candidates Event. I really enjoy getting to visit with our citizenry and discuss issues that are important to them and possible solutions to these issues as well as making new friends. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank You Thompsonville Community Church for hosting a Meet Your Gonzales County Candidates Event. I really enjoy getting to visit with our citizenry and discuss issues that are important to them and possible solutions to these issues as well as making new friends.

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Important issue: The Gonzales Little League embezzlement case that is being purposely hidden by the City of Gonzales Police Department. Sheriff, please bust this case open and hold those who are guilty accountable. Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Greater Gonzales County Crime Stoppers

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