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VERGIL

RATLIFF

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF

As a public servant in law enforcement for more than thirty-eight years, I bring a varied amount of experience, both of which is essential in the role of an effective leader. I am currently employed as  Captain with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Criminal Investigation Division, Professional Standards. I have patrolled the streets of Houston and Harris County, primarily working in black and brown communities. I have worked undercover in various capacities from purchasing and selling narcotics to posing and soliciting prostitution. I have investigated allegations of inappropriate behavior and/or criminal activities of officers while assigned to the Internal Affairs Division-Personnel Concerns. Yet, while all of the aforementioned assignments are notable, my most rewarding experience was as a Police Activities League (P.A.L.) Officer. I mentored and cultivated relationships with inner-city kids in the Cuney Homes community. Many of them call upon me today for advice and guidance.

 

In the 1990's, when communities across the country were being infiltrated with crack cocaine, I organized a community of people in Acres Homes. They, along with law-enforcement officers, developed strategies to combat drugs in their community. The organization was later called the "Acres Homes War on Drugs," and for my leadership role I received the Presidential 1000 Points of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush. Based on my extensive law-enforcement experience and my known commitment to community service, in 2010, I was appointed by City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker to serve on the Board of Managers for the Greater Harris County 911 Network. As of this date, I continue to serve on the Board of Managers as an appointee by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

 

I have received numerous awards, commendations, and recognitions throughout my law enforcement career. In 2019 I was recognized with a life saving award and for Women in Leadership in 2023 by the Texas Comptroller.

 

Over the years I've cultivated my leadership by attending classes, workshops, conferences and seminars. I have accepted leadership roles through employment, political appointments, and community volunteerism, all of which have afforded me the opportunity to exercise my acquired leadership skills through practical application.

 

I am hard-working, dedicated and committed to professionalism and excellence. Although my chosen profession is under attack and scrutiny, I continue to wear the badge proudly and remain committed to restoring community faith and trust in law enforcement.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Retired Police Officer, Houston Police Department - 1983-2010

  • Former Lieutenant - Spring Independent School District

  • Reserve Captain - Fort Bend County Precinct 2

  • Captain - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Criminal Investigation Division

  • Adjunct Professor - Houston Community College

  • Board of Managers - Greater Harris County 911 Emergency Network

    • Appointed by Former Mayor Annise Parker, 2010 - 2016

    • Appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner, 2016 - Present

  • Master's of Public Administration - Texas Southern University

  • Master Peace Officer - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

HONORS, AWARDS, AND AFFILIATIONS

  • 2021 Life Saving Award - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

  • 2023 Women In Leadership - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

  • The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award Recipient 

  • Member - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Member - Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church

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