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
Oct. 24 – Nov. 4th 2022

Election Day
November 8, 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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On Wednesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 19th, the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office hosted a multi-agency criminal interdiction operation. This operation consisted of local agencies and members of the Operation Lone Star Task Force. The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office joined the task force during the month of August, 2022.

During this operation, agencies utilized marked and unmarked police units to conduct criminal interdiction activities in various areas of Gonzales County. Officers focused on narcotic activity as well as human smuggling. The areas included Gonzales, Harwood, Smiley, Nixon, Waelder and unincorporated areas of the county.

The Task Force is for participating agencies to assist each other and provide man power, investigative resources and patrol units for combating illegal activities. Due to the sensitive nature of the Task Force operations, the public is not notified prior to an operation beginning. Many hours were put in to make this operation run as smooth as possible.
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Thank you to everyone that voted for me. I am truly humbled by your vote of confidence and promise to continue working hard as your Sheriff. As your elected Sheriff, we will continue to provide the best quality law enforcement services to our constituents in a professional, transparent and ethical manner. Rest assured, my staff and I are dedicated to filling this role with the utmost honor, integrity, and respect. It is a privilege to do so, and we look forward to working together to provide you with exemplary public service. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today myself and other Sheriffs’ from the Texas Sheriffs' Regional Alliance attended Greg Abbott for Texas Governor’s Meet and Greet in Victoria. Lois Kolkhorst introduced Governor Abbott to all of the folk’s in attendance. ... See MoreSee Less

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Keith A Schmidt for Gonzales County Sheriff

Early Voting is now open! Let’s win this Gonzales County! #Schmidt4Sheriff

Oct. 24 - Nov. 4, 2022, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Extended hours will be Oct. 24th and Oct. 25th from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open Saturday October 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Early Voting is now open! Let’s win this Gonzales County! #Schmidt4Sheriff

Oct. 24 - Nov. 4, 2022, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Extended hours will be Oct. 24th and Oct. 25th from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open Saturday October 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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