Brazos County's highest ranking law enforcer is now tops when it comes to the statewide association of his colleagues.
Sheriff Chris Kirk was installed as the president of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas Wednesday morning in Austin.
Since 2003, Kirk has been on the executive board of the association. He has served as the sergeant at arms, as well as a 3rd, 2nd and 1st vice president.
"I'm very honored to have been elected by my peers to serve the Sheriffs' Association of Texas," Kirk said in a statement. "It will be an honor to serve, direct and represent the association for the next year."
Each of the state's 254 sheriffs are members of the association. In addition, there are more than 3,000 active members who are peace officers, along with 43,790 civilian members.
"The association is a valuable resource for Texas sheriffs, providing training, professional advice and consultation, technological support, legislative monitoring, college scholarships and opportunities to interact with member sheriffs and other criminal justice professionals," Kirk said.
The conference Kirk was installed at has been held each year since 1878, and is the largest gathering of law enforcement officers in the state.
Kirk's term is one year.