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Greg Hamilton’s classmates at Killeen, Texas, High School were on the mark in 1977 when the senior class voted him “Most Likely To Succeed.” That was only the beginning of numerous accolades and awards that led to Hamilton’s winning his first bid for public office. He was elected Sheriff of Travis County in November 2004. He has been in office since Jan. 1, 2005.
The popular high school athlete left Killeen to accept a football scholarship at Southwest Texas State University, where he started as quarterback for four years. He led his team to the Lone Star Conference Championship in 1980. SWTSU is now Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Sheriff Hamilton completed his degree in Criminal Justice from SWTSU in 1982. He soon married his wife, whom he met while the two were college students. The family now includes two daughters and one son.
The journey to becoming the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in Travis County for Greg began in 1985 as a Corrections Officer in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. His positions included:
- DARE Officer - Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program taught alcohol and drug curriculum to grade school youth throughout the county;
- Mounted Patrol - patrolled special events and enforced laws throughout Travis County Parks on horseback;
- Corrections Officer II - booked, classified, transferred, transported and released inmates with attention to health, safety and security of other officers, inmates and the public.
In 1994, Greg was appointed Chief of Enforcement at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
Hamilton is also a national speaker and trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention under the U.S. Department of Justice. As a member of the MADD National College Commission Advisory Board, Hamilton’s role is to help U.S. colleges prevent binge drinking.