The Royse City Council recognized the service of Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson at their meeting Tuesday night.
Eavenson has announced that he is serving his last term as the sheriff and will be leaving his role at the end of 2020. He was first sworn in on Jan. 1, 2001.
City Manager Carl Alsabrook spoke at the Tuesday council meeting, and thanked Eavenson for his leadership and friendship.
“There has not been a better friend to the City of Royse City at Rockwall County government,” Alsabrook said.
Alsabrook told the council that Eavenson was an inspiration for him when he first began his career in law enforcement as a jailer in Rockwall.
He said Eavenson came to the county at a time when his predecessors had lost the trust of the public, and said Eavenson’s tenure as the Sheriff was central in winning back that trust.
“He has the highest ethics of anyone I’ve ever met,” Alsabrook said.
Eavenson was presented with a special plaque from Mayor Janet Nichol, and recognized by the City Council.
Eavenson spearheaded the efforts to get the county to adopt the 287(g) agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in January, which received mixed responses from the community.
Before he serving as the sheriff of Rockwall County, Eavenson was the director of security with the First National Bank in Dallas. He also spend 18 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a law enforcement officer.
Eavenson has also served as the president of the National Sheriff’s Association.
After the presentation, Eavenson told the Herald-Banner that his has cherished his time in law enforcement, a future that he had first decided as a sophomore in high school.
“I loved being a police officer and a highway patrolman, but I’ve never done anything that I enjoy as much as being sheriff,” Eavenson said. “You don’t have a boss; you’re elected by the people and all the people that you serve are your bosses. As long as you keep serving those people they’re going to keep you in your office. This is my fifth and last term.”
Eavenson’s wife, Marcia, said she was proud of her husband for his service to the community.
Though policing is a dangerous line of work, Marcia Eavenson said the fear has not affected how she feels about her husband’s wish to be in law enforcement.
“I married him when I was a kid. I was 19 years old when we married, and all I’ve known is Harold and law enforcement,” she said. “You can’t live your life frightened. I’ve never worried about it.”
The morning print edition of the Wednesday Royse City Herald-Banner incorrectly stated the retirement date of Sheriff Harold Eavenson. This article has been changed to reflect the correct date. We regret the error.