Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell has received a prestigious honor.
Sowell was presented the Tom Tellepsen Award during the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas’ 144th Annual Training Conference and Expo, held July 23-26 in Fort Worth.
The award was established in 1975 for the late Tom Tellepsen, a native of Norway, and is provided by the Tellepsen Foundation in honor of his lifelong support of law enforcement. It is the highest tribute a sheriff can receive.
Selection criteria for the award includes recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of law enforcement and criminal justice and honors more than ability and performance. The recipient, who must possess these qualities, must also have demonstrated the human element that engraves their name in the hearts of all the law enforcement community, and a genuine love of the profession.
The award consists of a plaque and $2,500 from the Tellepsen family on behalf of the Tellepsen Foundation.
Sowell has served as the sheriff of Grimes County since being appointed in September 1998. He was first elected in November 2000.