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Eddie GuerraUnder Sheriff J. E. “Eddie” Guerra’s tenure, Hidalgo County has consistently seen a decrease in violent crimes, even as the population has increased. According to the 2018 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, every category of crime tracked decreased in Hidalgo County. Most notably, rural parts of Hidalgo County had four murders last year, a decrease from 23 in 2017.

Guerra credits the decrease in crime as resulting from his vision for keeping our Hidalgo County communities safe. Increased specialized units, information sharing, and strong partnerships with local law enforcement agencies have all contributed to helping to keep our South Texas communities safe. Guerra takes pride in his accomplishments during his five years as Sheriff and continues to strive toward lowering crime through prevention programs, such as a domestic violence and victims assistance grant recently awarded to Hidalgo County.

Guerra was elected into office as Hidalgo County Sheriff in November 2014, after having been appointed by Commissioners Court and serving as interim Sheriff since April 2014. As Sheriff, Guerra is responsible for enforcing state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare, and he has made it his priority to uphold the Sheriff's Office to the highest standards. He worked diligently to restore the public trust in the County's law enforcement by re-evaluating policies and procedures, changing top leadership, and implementing an efficient management style. As Sheriff, Guerra oversees approximately 800 deputies and staff, including the county jail.

Guerra has 24 years of law enforcement experience; he first became involved in law enforcement because of his personal experience growing up in the rural Linn/San Manuel area where he saw first-hand the lack of connection between the community and county law enforcement services.

It was in 1995 when Guerra set out to make a difference by joining the Precinct 4 Constable's Office as a part-time reserve deputy serving the area where he lived and worked. He soon became a valuable resource to the community. In 1999, he was recruited by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office as a deputy. He quickly moved up the ranks to sergeant and was assigned to the U.S. Customs Drug Task Force where he served as the primary liaison officer between the Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs. He served as a liaison officer for five years and earned the respect of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with whom he worked. His efforts helped confiscate over $1 million in seized assets to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

Guerra served as Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable beginning in 2009. He was emphatically re-elected and served as Constable with distinction. Under his leadership, the Precinct 4 Constable's Office received awards from ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Texas Attorney General's Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Public Safety and Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.

Guerra was born in McAllen and grew up on the D.V. Guerra Ranch, named after his grandfather. He graduated from Edinburg High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. The Guerra family are pioneers of the Valley, having lived in the area for over a century. Guerra's family has a long history of being public servants serving with distinction and honor. His father served on the ECISD Board of Trustees for 12 years; his late uncle, Ramiro Guerra, served as Hidalgo County Judge, and his cousins are State Representative Bobby Guerra (District 41) and former State District Judge Arturo Guerra.

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