Meet Adrian Garcia


A Lifetime of Service

Adrian is a lifelong member of the Precinct 2 community and has a 35-year career in public service that began as a Houston Police officer.

He was appointed by Mayor Lee Brown as Director of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office, was then elected to Houston City Council and appointed as chair of two City Council committees – the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and the Minority / Women Business Enterprise Committee.

With the support of his peers on City Council, he would be confirmed as Mayor Pro-Tem by Mayor Bill White.

Adrian continued his service by being elected to the office of Harris County Sheriff – the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the 3rd largest in the United States.

Adrian’s accomplishments during his years of service include:

• Leading the effort to create the Houston Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center;
• Creating the Construction Mitigation Program that saved many family-owned businesses;
• Saving more than $200 million in operational costs during his tenure as sheriff;
• Eliminating chronic overcrowding in the jail and lowered crime every year; and
• Adding 200 patrol deputies to keep businesses and neighborhoods safe.


A Lifetime of Service

Adrian is a lifelong member of the Precinct 2 community and has a 35-year career in public service that began as a Houston Police officer.

He was appointed by Mayor Lee Brown as Director of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office, was then elected to Houston City Council and appointed as chair of two City Council committees – the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and the Minority / Women Business Enterprise Committee.

With the support of his peers on City Council, he would be confirmed as Mayor Pro-Tem by Mayor Bill White.

Adrian continued his service by being elected to the office of Harris County Sheriff – the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the 3rd largest in the United States.

Adrian’s accomplishments during his years of service include:

• Leading the effort to create the Houston Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center;
• Creating the Construction Mitigation Program that saved many family-owned businesses;
• Saving more than $200 million in operational costs during his tenure as sheriff;
• Eliminating chronic overcrowding in the jail and lowered crime every year; and
• Adding 200 patrol deputies to keep businesses and neighborhoods safe.

 

“Never forget where you come from!”

Adrian was born in Houston, as the youngest of six children, on the day after Christmas in 1960.

His parents, Maria and Ignacio Garcia, made many sacrifices to bring their young family to the United States from Mexico in 1959 for a better life. Adrian’s father had received a guest-worker visa and later petitioned to be re-admitted to the U.S. under a work visa. He eventually opened an auto repair shop, where Adrian worked in his youth.

Eventually, Adrian decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps and become a Houston police officer. His dad gave him some very specific advice:

“Promise me these five things and you will have my blessings:

1. Don’t be ashamed that you are Mexican;
2. Don’t be ashamed that your name is Garcia;
3. Don’t bring shame to your name;
4. Be honest; and
5. Never forget where you come from!”

Adrian, who grew up in Houston’s Northside, still lives there today with his wife and daughter. And he still lives by the rules laid down by his dad.

One of the Good Guys

Having served in law enforcement as a police officer and sheriff, and in politics as a city council member and mayor pro-tem, Adrian was asked recently to respond to the perception that today, cops and politicians are on the receiving end of much harsh criticism.

“That just drives me more to show that public servants – when they do their jobs – are the good guys,” said Adrian.

Let’s elect one of the good guys as our next County Commissioner in Precinct 2: Vote Adrian Garcia for Commissioner.

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