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McGowenJeffery McGowen began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.

He attended basic peace officer’s class at University of Houston’s downtown Law Enforcement Academy where he graduated with honors in 1994.

In 1995 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves as a veteran of the Desert Storm war in Iraq.

After holding positions ranging from working at the jail facility to the Crime Prevention Unit, McGowen was assigned in 2009 to the Office of Inspector General Bureau as an Investigator in the Internal Affairs Division assigned to the TASER Review section. McGowen has obtained Master Peace Officer, Master Jailer Proficiency, TCOLE Instructor, and Certified Crime Prevention Specialist Licenses.

He is the past-president of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, past-president and member of the Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association, and a lifetime member of the 100 Club.


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Houston Chronicle Endorses Jeff McGowen

Constable, Precinct 4: Jeff McGowen

October 6, 2016 – If Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, a Republican, worked in the private sector, he would have been fired for the evidence room scandal that occurred on his watch. This race should be viewed as an opportunity to remove a politician who has failed at a job and elect a replacement.

Voters in this massive precinct, which stretches across north Harris County from US 290 to Lake Houston, luckily have a qualified candidate in Jeff McGowen. The Democratic challenger is a 23-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and is a strong advocate for community policing. In a meeting with the editorial board, McGowen, 46, offered proposals on improved training and greater coordination between precincts.

Herman has worked in this office for 31 years and was appointed constable after his predecessor, Ron Hickman, was appointed sheriff last year. However, that long tenure may have merely been an education in mediocrity, as evidenced by his slowness in responding to the evidence room crisis. It is time for a change: Vote McGowen.


Precinct 4 Under Investigation

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