On September 16, 2009 he was appointed by the Lubbock County Commissioners to the position of Sheriff. Then on March 3rd, 2010 Kelly won the Primary election for Sheriff of Lubbock County.
Summary of Qualifications
|1992-1993||Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy: Peace Officer Academy|
|1993-1999||Midland County Sheriff’s Office: Began as Deputy Sheriff, then promoted to Corporal and eventually Sergeant of Detention (Shift Commander). Served as a sniper on Tactical Operations Unit for three years and worked evening patrol.|
|1999-2009||Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office: Served as Chief Deputy of the entire Sheriff’s Office. Hired in 1999 as Assistant Jail Administrator as Lieutenant, and later as Captain in the same capacity; Captain of Law Enforcement, then as Chief Administrator, which oversaw the budget for the entire department and was Chief Deputy of Detention.|
|2009 – Present||Sheriff of Lubbock County, Texas|
|1985-1989||New Mexico Military Institute: Squadron Commander, (Commanded largest squadron, over 250 cadets in my command)|
|1989-1992||United States Army: Fire Team Leader, Light Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.|
|1985-1987||New Mexico Military Institute: High School|
|1987-1989||New Mexico Military Institute: Junior College|
Professional Memberships &Committees
|1999-Present||Texas Jail Association-(2006 President)|
|1999-Present||American Jail Association|
|2003-Present||Sheriff’s Association of Texas|
|2006||TCJS Committee to Study Jail Staffing Ratios|
|2009-Present||Board Member, Lubbock Emergency Communications District|
|2009-Present||National Sheriffs’ Association|
|2009-Present||Texas Corrections Association|
|2009-Present||Lubbock Chamber of Commerce|
|2015 – Present||Texas Commission on Jail Standards / Jail Advisory Committee Member|
|2018 – Present||Sheriff’s Association of Texas Second Vice-President|
National Memberships & Speaking Opportunities
Testified before the Texas State Legislature to prevent the abolishment of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards that would have placed regulatory control over county jails under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Invited to speak on a panel based on my expertise on “Innovative Jail Design and Operations” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Participated in national training video for the National Institute of Corrections for “Planning of a New Institution.”
Guest speaker at the American Jail Association Annual Conference on Managing Budgets in Times of Deficit Economies.
Member of the Large Jail Network (by invitation only: Bi-Annual meeting of representatives of largest facilities throughout the country to discuss current issues involving jail personnel, administration and other issues.
Was a member of the development staff and a speaker for the Basic Jail Administrators Course at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University.