I’m Mark Salinas, and I'm running to be your next sheriff of Galveston County. Born and raised on Galveston Island, I'm a Ball High School graduate with an associate’s degree from Galveston College. I went to the University of Houston Downtown for my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Community presence and safety is the most important focus for the sheriff. Together, we will lead the sheriff’s department into a proactive community policing agency and give back to the community. For too long, the sheriff’s office has been seen as out of touch with residents. Implementing higher standards within the sheriff’s department benefits not only the agency, but the taxpayers of Galveston County, too.

There’s no doubt the perception of law enforcement needs to change in Galveston County. With transparency in mind, I will hold town hall meetings and will listen to your concerns. The sheriff's office will expand its patrol presence not only in the unincorporated areas but within our municipalities. Our growing population means we must get ahead of the game.

No matter the party you represent, no matter your income, and no matter the color of your skin, we all need to work together.

Mark Salinas

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(2) comments

Alan Waters

It is a commendable that you have your under graduate degree which gives you the basic insight into the leadership of a department. We have seen where the process by which we select a Sheriff, has a lot of issues. Being Sheriff is like running a major multi-million dollar corporation. What law enforcement management experience would you be able to bring to the office? What management experience of large groups do you have? What major budgetary experience do you have? If this was a municipal police department, you would be required to have the experience level that Chief Hale in Galveston has. How do your law enforcement accomplishments and experience compare to Hale and our present sheriff? What law enforcement accomplishments can you put forth? What command positions have you held? Please list the qualifications, except planning town hall meetings and an under graduate degree, that qualify you for this position?

Charles Douglas

As one who have served as a first responding police officer in the STATE OF TEXAS, and in Houston, I have to say Mr. Waters has asked some very hard hitting questions of you Mark, questions that your Op-ed did not provide answers to. Two things,...I admire your aggressiveness, and ambition, but you have to understand the standard of opposition you are going up against. Sheriff Henry is a very good sheriff, overall, and especially in the County Jail. Free country though Mark, go for it, but just don't think it will be easy to displace a Lawman, the qualitý of Sheriff Henry easily. God bless.

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